The Captain and I committed the wreaths to the ocean to acknowledge the sacrifice of individuals that have passed during the last year and also all the personnel who have fallen in previous conflicts.

Apprentice (Communications Information Systems) James Houlden

Apprentice Houlden commented, “As the youngest person aboard Argus, I was asked to dispatch a wreath of poppies over the side of the ship as a sign of remembrance.

"The wreath of poppies represents the circle of life, we are all born and we will all eventually die.

"The Captain and I committed the wreaths to the ocean to acknowledge the sacrifice of individuals that have passed during the last year and also all the personnel who have fallen in previous conflicts.

"I felt very privileged to be given this opportunity to make this gesture and attend the remembrance service."

 Finally, after the Blessing, including the formal and corporate Act of Remembrance, had been concluded by RFA Padre, Rev Mike Hills, the ships company and embarked forces briefly dispersed to a private space on the flight deck to pause and deliver their final and individual tribute, symbolised by simply dropping their poppy into the sea, in silence, before returning to the tasks of the day.