We must also not forget the sailors and marines deployed around the world today, most notably our recent commitment to provide disaster relief to our overseas territories in the wake of hurricane Irma.

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE

Vice Admiral Woodcock said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to take part in the 212th Trafalgar Day Ceremony. A tradition, which not only celebrates our victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, but remembers and acknowledges the ultimate sacrifice that Admiral Nelson and the sailors who fought with him made.  We must also not forget the sailors and marines deployed around the world today, most notably our recent commitment to provide disaster relief to our overseas territories in the wake of hurricane Irma.”

Lieutenant Commander BJ Smith, HMS Victory's 101st Commanding Officer, was hugely proud to play a key role in the Ceremony.

He said: “Being in command of HMS Victory is a huge privilege and Trafalgar Day is the most important day in our calendar. Having greatly admired Admiral Nelson since childhood it is a great honour to take a lead role in the Trafalgar Day Service. It is a poignant and significant event when we remember the courage of Admiral Nelson, our greatest naval hero but also remember the sacrifice of many hundreds of men on both sides.

"Trafalgar Day remains relevant today to the modern Royal Navy as we continue to maintain Nelson’s legacy to this maritime nation, protecting our interests across the globe. As we honour Nelson and the heroes of Trafalgar, we also remember our fellow servicemen and women serving in today’s Royal Navy and Royal Marines.”