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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 October 2006, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Naval event celebrates Trafalgar
A wreath is laid every year on the spot where Nelson was wounded
A ceremony has been held in Portsmouth to mark the 201st anniversary of Lord Nelson's victory at Trafalgar.

A wreath was laid at Portsmouth Naval Base on the spot where Nelson was fatally wounded onboard HMS Victory.

The low-key event follows last year's Trafalgar 200 celebrations which included a fleet review by the Queen and a spectacular fireworks display.

The defeat of the French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar in 1805 is regarded as a turning point in European history.

The hoisting of the Colours (union jack and ensign) and Nelson's signal, "England Expects" on the Victory marked the start of the commemoration.

HMS Victory

A team of 32 ratings and cadets from HMS Victory, HMS Collingwood and Training Ship (TS) Victory hoisted the 33 flags in sequence on Victory's three masts.

The wreath was laid by Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Adrian Johns on Saturday morning.

After the ceremony he said: "We had a minute's silence on board. We cast a thought for Nelson and all those who fell with him 201 years ago but our thoughts were also with those who die today.

"This week we have a marine very tragically killed, Gary Wright, of 45 Commando Royal Marines, and it's right that we remember him in our thoughts and prayers.

"I think heritage is so important. It's not just looking back at dusty history, it's looking back and understanding the responsibility we have today. We need to pass it on to our successors for the future."

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21 Oct 05 |  England

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