Submariners converge on Portsmouth

Hundreds of retired submariners from across the world converged on Portsmouth this week for a prestigious convention.

More than 250 sailors from 22 nations descended on the city for the 52nd International Submariners’ Congress.

One of the key events in the four-day gathering was a service of remembrance at Southsea War Memorial. Heading the RN delegation was Rear Admiral Matt Parr, Commander Maritime Operations and Rear Admiral Submarines.

During the week the delegates also visited Arundel Castle, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth Football Club.

Their stay in the UK was rounded off with a gala dinner at the city’s Guildhall last night.

It was also a great honour that Portsmouth was chosen to play host to the 52nd International Submariner’s Congress

Commander Andy Green, Portsmouth Naval Base Executive Officer

Among the submariners attending the memorial service at Southsea was Commander Andy Green, Portsmouth Naval Base Executive Officer. He said: “The service paid tribute to all submariners from across the world’s navies who have lost their lives at sea.

“It was a moving ceremony and it was a pleasure to meet so many submariners from different nations. It was also a great honour that Portsmouth was chosen to play host to the 52nd International Submariner’s Congress. The city is steeped in the history of the Royal Navy of which the Submarine Service is such an important part.”

Brian De-Mullet, president of the International Submariners’ Association (GB) which organised the event, said: “The congress is a fantastic time to meet up with our friends and colleagues from all over the world and is also a great time to meet new friends. But it is also a time to remember those people that can no longer be with us.

“We put together a wonderful package of exciting and interesting attractions that made this congress a very memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone.”