The trainees were honoured to be invited St Paul’s Cathedral to visit the tomb and said that it is something they will remember for the rest of their Naval career.

WO1 Nicoll

He said: "Two centuries on the 'immortal memory' of Admiral Lord Nelson shows no sign of fading.  His leadership qualities and the way he led from the front during his battles are an inspiration.

“The trainees were honoured to be invited St Paul’s Cathedral to visit the tomb and said that it is something they will remember for the rest of their Naval career.”

The group were in London to attend the annual memorial service at the National Submarine War Memorial on Victoria Embankment, where Rear Admiral Matthew Parr, Commander Maritime Operations and Rear Admiral Submarines, took the salute.

The names of the 167 submariners lost during war and in peacetime since 1904, and who are now on eternal patrol, were read out as the Last Post was played.

Among the wreath layers was trainee Engineering Technician Marine Engineer (Submariner) (ETME(SM)) Ashley Musgrove, who at aged 18 is the youngest member of the SMQ (South).

While in London the group attended a Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey during which a wreath was laid by ETME (SM) Ben Allsopp.

They also took the chance to visit the Imperial War Museum where they were given a briefing on both World Wars and were given entrance to Downing Street for a photo opportunity outside Number 10.

Wreaths for the weekend services were kindly donated by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the Torpoint Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Forces Future Charity.

SMQ (South) at Devonport Naval Base is a satellite of the Royal Navy Submarine School at HMS Raleigh. 

During a 10 week intensive course students are taught how the submarine's systems work and all the routines carried out onboard.

They learn everything from the technical detail on how the boat dives and surfaces, to how the nuclear reactor works to drive the submarine. 

On completion of this stage of their training the students move on to a period at sea on board an operational submarine where they put everything they’ve learnt into practice.

Once they reach the required standard and pass the tests at sea, they are presented with their dolphins, the coveted emblem of the submarine service.