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Committal of Ashes to the Sea by the Royal Navy

The Naval Chaplaincy Service carries out Committals at Sea Ceremonies for all former Service personnel.

The Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service undertakes committals of ashes at sea from our Base Ports in Scotland on the Clyde (Faslane), Plymouth (Devonport) and Portsmouth.

There is no charge for the committal.

Eligibility is on a case by case basis:, the decreased should be: 

  • Royal Navy Personnel
  • There’s no length of service required, but they do need a short Service History and Service Number for checking with the records. 
  • Different bases have different eligibility, Please check the individual page.

Ash containers / urn?

There are specific requirements for their preferred choice of casket which will are able to provide (Royal Navy Committal Urn), however the Chaplaincy understand if cost is an impediment they would accept these water urns. You are not required to purchase these through Scattering Ashes, your Funeral Director may be able to assist  although we are we are happy to supply them should you wish.

To apply to click on the location below you wish to choose.



Clyde (Faslane)

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2 Responses to “Committal of Ashes to the Sea by the Royal Navy”

  1. Can an ex-service man’s ashes be carried and scattered/buried in the south A

    tlantic by a royal navy ship which is on duty there,eg a ship like the Endurance?

    Johncanning425@Gmail. Com

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