Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar


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Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar | Royal Navy

The anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will be commemorated on Royal Navy ships operating around the world, including:

  • HMS Daring in Australia
  • HMS Lancaster in the Caribbean
  • HMS Westminster in India
  • HMS Penzance and
  • HMS Dragon in the Mediterranean
  • The Response Force Task Group in the Gulf
Also taking time to remember this historic event will be:

  • 40 Commando Royal Marines training in the Mojave Desert, California
  • Elements of 45 Commando training in Cameroon
  • The Lead Commando Group on 42 Commando currently deployed with the Response Force Task Group in the Gulf
And my office in Cambridge Airport!

I will be letting the ex and serving crabs know the only thing flying was cannon balls and sails! :)

Will also be celebrating the 28th anniversary of joining up.

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I had Up Spirits today in the Wardroom at HMCS Bytown here in Ottawa.

The old fella got his measures mixed up and as first in the queue I got the grog measure of pure rum ie 3 parts. He realized his mistake and swopped them but I was well away at that point. Very warm inside.

On the day I will have another Toast for the Corp Memorable Dates. Must keep up the traditions etc etc.
I attended the Traf Night on WARRIOR last night, and it was brillant. Going home to Spain tomorrow to get ready for our local Traf Night Dinner on Monday, coincidentally my v6.0 special day!
I seriously think the navy misses a trick with Traf night. Every other service has a specific night set aside to get smashed and is a full service event not just Officers. The navy should promote this to JRs and make it in to a kind of corps birthday event. Too many JRs have little pride in naval history and we have more history than most other arms do.
I will be CELEBRATING Trafalgar day, not sure if it's PC or not, but it was a proud day for all concerned, shame we can't mount another event that stops the rest of the World taking on the British Navy for over 100 years!
I'll be raising a glass to the immortal memory of my great great great great great grandfather, Midshipman James Campbell of the Bellerophon, together with that Nelson bloke who hogged all the attention that day by getting slotted. Signal Midshipman were the heroes that day I tell you....

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