Royal Navy marks Victory in Europe Day

Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines around the world have taken part in national celebrations of the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Both personnel on ships deployed on operations across the world and working at their units in the UK took the time to create the ‘V’ for victory sign to commemorate the announcement of the end of the Second World War.

Type 23 frigate HMS Kent lined up her personnel in the shape of VE on her flight deck on her way home from a six month Gulf deployment while HMS Richmond – who has taken over from her sister ship Kent - created the V for Victory on hers.

Sailors on board HMS Daring in Portsmouth gave the famous victory salute as did personnel on HMS Lancaster in the Atlantic and minehunter HMS Chiddingfold in the Med.

We are extremely proud to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day – we all know and respect the sacrifices made by generations past to ensure the freedom of Europe from tyranny – and it is important we all remember that on occasions such as this.

Commanding Officer of HMS Kent Commander Andrew Block

Not to be outdone were the Royal Marines – 199 Troop at the Commando Training Centre (CTCRM) in Lympstone swam through the mud of the River Exe to create a V impression while 42 Commando at Bickleigh Barracks formed a V shape around their RM350 memorial.

Commanding Officer of HMS Kent Commander Andrew Block said: “We are extremely proud to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day – we all know and respect the sacrifices made by generations past to ensure the freedom of Europe from tyranny – and it is important we all remember that on occasions such as this.”

As well as the Royal Navy’s tribute imagery, HMS Ocean has also arrived in London as part of events that have been planned throughout the country, beginning with a day of remembrance on Friday 8 May. 

Around 200 beacons will be lit across the country to mark the occasion, while there will also be a parade through London, a Service of Thanksgiving, a concert and street parties across the UK.

Cathedrals and churches across the UK will also take part in a "Moment of Noise" by ringing their bells at 11 am on 9 May. 

You can help them to celebrate VE Day through social media by signing up to "Thunderclap" to tweet or post a message onto Facebook. 

For more information on events across the UK visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/victory-in-europe-ve-day-celebrations