Ship joins Napoleon celebration

The Royal Navy marks Napoleon's arrival on St Helena
The Royal Navy marks Napoleon's arrival on St Helena
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A WARSHIP from Portsmouth visited the remote Atlantic island of St Helena to take part in the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s arrival there.

Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Gold Rover to mark the occasion.

Members of both ship’s company joined a parade at the site of Napoleon’s tomb.

The French general, who was defeated by Admiral Lord Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, was eventually exiled to St Helena in 1815 until his death in 1821.

Lancaster’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Laughton, said it was ‘a privilege’ to visit the island.

‘The relationship between St 
Helena and the Royal Navy goes back hundreds of years and this visit allowed us to further strengthen our strong bond with this remote island community,’ he added.