Armed Forces Day
The Royal Navy led a military parade through Portsmouth today (June 24) to mark Armed Forces Day.
Forty-eight sailors from HMS Collingwood at Fareham, plus veterans and cadets – led by the Royal Marines Band, Portsmouth – marched from St John’s Cathedral in Edinburgh Road to Guildhall Square.
Hundreds of spectators lined the route and assembled in the square to see Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, take the salute and inspect the troops. Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby and Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie inspected the veterans on parade.
A short service followed, conducted by Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet, The Venerable Ian Wheatley and Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Reverend David Brindley. The event culminated in the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag by service personnel, which will fly for one week.