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Ship's company of HMS Dragon pay respects

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The ceremony aboard HMS Dragon Credit: Royal Navy

The men and women of Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon stood silence off the coast of Malta to remember of all those who have fallen in times of war and conflict.

Dragon is just one of the many Royal Navy ships deployed on operations around the world. She is currently making her way home from the Gulf and marked Remembrance Day off the coast of Malta – an island that made huge sacrifices during the Second World War.

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Flypast tribute at Biggin Hill

The largest formation of wartime aircraft seen in Kent for many years took to the skies above Biggin Hill as part of the Remembrance Day tributes.

Veterans gathered to watch four Spitfires , a Hurricane, a Harvard trainer and an American Piper Cub aircraft.

The planes flew from the airport over St. Georges Chapel by the site of the former wartime airbase at two minutes after eleven, before turning to overfly the chalk cross set in the hills above Shoreham Village near Sevenoaks. There followed a service taking place inside and outside the chapel.

Guest of honour was Flight Lieutenant Rodney Scrase. Flt Lt Scrase flew Spitfires with 72 and 1 Squadrons and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. During his wartime career he destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged a further three.

Robin Brooks from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger said: ''He flew from Biggin Hill on several occasions and it is a fitting tribute to the fallen that he should return to watch one of the largest formation of warbirds seen over Kent for many years.''

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