I was getting ready for school on that day, when I heard the rumble as the bomb went off.

Petty Officer Stuart Harwood

PO Stuart Harwood, an engineer serving on board HMS Queen Elizabeth was 11 at the time, living in Deal. By a quirk of fate, his father, also a Royal Marines Bandsman was not at work that day, but knew those who lost their lives, and the 21 injured. PO Harwood explained what the ceremony meant to him:

"This is the first time in my 11 years of service that I have attended a ceremony at sea, but every year on this day I remember those killed. I was getting ready for school on that day, when I heard the rumble as the bomb went off. It is particularly special being here on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, with the Band of her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland, for whom today is especially memorable".

Director of Music on board, Capt Matt Weites added:

"Every year's service is poignant, but today’s is particularly so, being held on board the future Fleet Flagship. It is part of history that we will never forget. Every year we take part in this service, it galvanises us to keep doing it, to keep the memory of those who died alive. It is particularly special as two of our former colleagues passed away recently, one of their funerals is today; Colour Sergeant Andy Waugh. This is an opportunity for us to remember all of those we have lost through the years."

The Band of her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland is entertaining audiences across the East Coast of the USA as HMS Queen Elizabeth, escort HMS Monmouth and embarked Merlin helicopter squadrons, 820 and 845 from RNAS Culdrose and RNAS Yeovilton prepare to conduct trials with F-35B Lightning Jets from the Integrated Test Force. It will be the first time a fast jet has flown from a Royal navy carrier in 8 years.

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