Defender remembers

HMS Defender remembrance - Cdr Phil Nash laying the wreath.
HMS Defender remembrance - Cdr Phil Nash laying the wreath.
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WHILE the streets of Portsmouth fell silent for Remembrance Day, HMS Defender was in the middle of sea trials off the south coast.

But that didn’t stop the ship’s company having their own service in the Portsmouth-based ship’s hangar on Sunday morning.

The service featured readings by sailors and was closed by the commanding officer, Commander Philip Nash, who cast a wreath into the sea off the Dorset coast.

Cdr Nash said: ‘The service provided my sailors with a moment of calm during which they remembered those of our fellow servicemen and women who have fallen in time of conflict around the world. The pace of life here in this brand new warship is quick and demanding.

‘So it was particularly important for us to put our problems, stresses and strains into perspective as we considered the ultimate sacrifice made by others.’