Sailors on the march to mark Battle of the Atlantic

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SAILORS from two Portsmouth-based ships have taken part in a memorial service to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic.

The ship’s company of HMS Edinburgh and HMS Illustrious attended the event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London yesterday.

The guest speaker was the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, who spoke about the battle and held a minute’s silence to remember those who served the country.

The service concluded with a march past St Paul’s Cathedral, with the sailors and a Royal Marines band leading the parade.

HMS Edinburgh will leave London on May 12 and make her way to Edinburgh.

After that she will visit Liverpool for more activities to mark the Battle of the Atlantic.

Her ship’s company will then return home to Portsmouth for a decommissioning ceremony on June 6.

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