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Team Manager speaking!
Off the back of the first blog post, and the launch of our campaign, we’ve started as we mean to go on with more activity, and a busy weekend in London for some of the Team.
The Royal Navy Submarine Service marks their remembrance one week ahead of the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, at the National Submarine memorial on Victoria Embankment, between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. This year however, the remembrance service, attended by Serving Submariners, Veterans and our families, was held in Middle Temple Gardens, across the road from the memorial, owing to the current construction work on the London Cycle Superhighway.
The venue afforded 400 serving and veteran Submariners the opportunity to gather in wonderful surroundings, hold a drumhead altar service, where wreaths were laid, naval hymns sung, and our act of remembrance carried out in honour of those on “eternal patrol”. During the service, the order was given to bring out our hip flasks, and drink a tot “to absent friends”.
The theme of heritage, one of our foundation pillars of the submarine ethos was strong throughout the weekend. Serving submariners and long retired veterans alike shared “dits” and stories, that despite decades spanning the time between the generations still had that common thread, that bonds us together as submariners. Indeed, it’s particularly strong in the HMS OARDACIOUS team, where our own Matt Harvey is himself a 3rd generation submariner.
Our Commodore-in-Chief, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, attended the event, and met with serving and veteran submariners alike, and took the opportunity to visit the memorial himself, to pay his respects to the fallen. Reports of drink spiking of HRH’s hip flask can neither be confirmed nor denied by HMS OARDACIOUS team members…
Through conversations with the submarine family at the events around London over this weekend, a great deal of enthusiasm and interest has been generated in the HMS OARDACIOUS Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, and our message is spreading far and wide.
The memorial service marked the culmination of a great week for HMS OARDACIOUS, since our campaign and website launch on the 1st November, and the Team’s success at the Royal Navy Indoor Rowing Championships at HMS TEMERAIRE on the same day. We’ve been generating interest and excitement with everyone we have spoken to, and will have some more exciting news to follow in our next blog post.
Team Manager, Lt Cdr James Tuhey