PERSONNEL from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been training at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth in preparation for The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday.
Those taking part are drawn from units across the country including ships, submarines, Royal Marines establishments and Royal Naval Air Stations. Many of them have served on operations around the world, while for some it will be their first major ceremonial event since joining the Navy.
The sailors and marines are trained under the watchful eye of Warrant Officer 1st Class Eddie Wearing, the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Officer, and his team of instructors from HMS Collingwood in Fareham.
WO Eddie Wearing said: ‘I am extremely passionate about representing all those that have given their lives and am proud of our part in the Cenotaph ceremony this weekend.
‘I have served in various places across the world and I have lost a lot of friends in the military, so there is a massive personal part of this for me, but it is also a strong showcase of what we represent as the Royal Navy.
‘We are doing our piece in a tri-service environment where we’re all representing our own fighting arm.
‘That’s what I like most about being at the Cenotaph. Being there, being proud of what we’re doing, being proud of the uniform we’re wearing and representing all those guys and girls that have given their lives so that we can be where we are today.’