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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 and their dependants.

The Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service regularly undertake committals of ashes at sea from our Base Ports in Scotland on the Clyde (Faslane), Plymouth (Devonport) or Portsmouth, though only in Portsmouth do they have a boat going out each week (Wednesday afternoons).

There is no charge for the committal, it is done in grateful recognition for someone’s service to the nation.

Who is eligible? 

  • All former members of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy and RAF) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
  • 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. Portsmouth’s eligibility is wider the service is available  for spouses of anyone who would have been eligible. And Merchant Navy are considered on a case by case and certainly any war service would count. They also consider Sea Cadet Leaders and those who have worked in the Dockyard or Maritime Defence.

Ash containers / urn?

There are specific requirements for their preferred choice of casket which will are able to provide (Royal Navy Committal Urn £125), 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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