Service of Thanksgiving Westminster Abbey 3 May 2019

Service of Thanksgiving Westminster Abbey 3 May 2019

Dear CONA Colleagues,

The Royal Navy will host a National Service of Thanksgiving in recognition of the Submarine Service to mark 50 years of the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD), the longest unbroken operation ever delivered by the United Kingdom. 

The Service will take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 3rdMay 2019, at noon, and will recognise all those individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to defending the nation as part of this vital mission.

Following the Service there will a Reception in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre which is located in Westminster, opposite the Abbey.  The closest National Rail station is Charing Cross and the closest Underground stations are Westminster and St James’s Park.  The Abbey is easily accessible by all forms of public transport.

The event is open to Retired Royal Navy personnel who have worked in support of the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (more recently designated Op Relentless) since 1969.

Tickets will be limited, and allocation cannot be guaranteed, but as many as possible will be allocated to the retired community in recognition of their service.  Applications should be made via the Application Form attached and returned to the CASD50 Organising team (address on application form).  Attendees may bring one guest, whose names will also need to be forwarded with the applicant’s details.

The dress code for the Service is Lounge Suit or Blazer, Medals and Decorations. 

While the Service and Reception are free to attend, there will be a collection during the Service for related charities (RNRMC, Erskine Hospital, Military v Cancer and Helensburgh Sea Cadets) that are being prioritised during the CASD50 year.  

To allow for invitations to be despatched the closing date for applications is 31 Mar 19.

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Please see attached application form and brief for attendance at the CASD50 Thanksgiving Service being held in Westminster Abbey on 03 May 2019 commencing at 1200.

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