Trafalgar Day Ceremony held on-board HMS Victory

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A view from the Quarter Deck of HMS Victory looking forward during the Trafalgar Day Ceremony. LPhot Lee Blease - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Nick Hine CB, has led Trafalgar Day celebrations on board his Flagship, HMS Victory, marking today’s 216th anniversary of the battle.

The Battle of Trafalgar changed the course of British history and sealed Royal Navy dominion of the seas for more than a hundred years.

Nelson’s tactical genius in splitting the line of enemy ships had already set the pre-conditions for victory, when only an hour into the battle, Nelson was hit by a French sharpshooter’s musket ball as he paced Victory’s quarterdeck, directing the battle.





A view of HMS Victory from HMNB Portsmouth showing the flag signal raised during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 “England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty” after the Trafalgar Day Ceremony held onboard.
Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Nick Hine CB during the Trafalgar Day Ceremony held on-board HMS Victory.
The Laurel Wreath laid by Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Nick Hine CB on the spot where Lord Nelson was shot during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Click here for more information about the Battle of Trafalgar from Military Historian Christopher Bullivant.

Photos by LPhot Lee Blease

UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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