A Dutch warship will fire a 21-gun salute in Scapa Flow tomorrow (Friday 26 June) in memory of lives lost at sea in the waters around the north of Scotland.
HNLMS Van Speijk, a frigate from the Royal Netherlands Navy, will drop anchor near the buoy marking the seabed wreck of HMS Royal Oak, during a brief visit to the Flow.
In line with naval tradition, the ship’s saluting gun will be fired 21 times to commemorate fallen sailors.
After a lengthy period at sea, the visit to Scapa Flow – a major naval base during the two world wars – was seen as an appropriate moment to remember lives lost in local waters and further afield.
The commemoration will take place between 13:00 and 14:00. The tribute, while loud, will not involve live ammunition.
HNLMS Van Speijk is a multipurpose ‘Karel Doorman’ class frigate carrying over 120 sailors, with a length of 122 metres and draught of six metres.