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FORMER head of the Royal Navy Sir Julian Oswald GCB will be honoured at a memorial mass tomorrow.

The service, for the Admiral of the Fleet, will be held at St John’s Catholic Cathedral, central Portsmouth.

Sir Julian, First Sea Lord from 1989-1993, is widely credited with laying the foundation for the Royal Navy’s current amphibious capability.

As Admiral, he pushed for the construction of assault ship HMS Ocean, and also pushed through the introduction of female sailors to the service.

The memorial mass will be held at midday. Almost 700 people will attend, including the current First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope who will represent The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

It will be conducted by the Rt Rev Richard Moth, Bishop of Her Majesty’s Forces, and the Very Rev Canon David Hopgood, Dean of St John’s Cathedral.