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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 determined 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.

Portsmouth handles initial enquiries for other two bases, contact details:

Telephone – 02392 723000  – ask to be put through to the chaplaincy


Ash containers / urn?

We make urns to the Royal Nays specification: Royal Navy Committal Urn, we are lead to believe however the Chaplaincy 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.

4 thoughts on “Committal of Ashes to the Sea by the Royal Navy

  1. Reply
    paula - 28th December 2017

    how can i find out if i can arrange to scatter my grandfathers ashes at sea

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 3rd January 2018

      Dear Paula

      If you are hoping to use the Royal Navy’s services click on where you would like the service eg Portsmouth and the email and telephone number are on the page.

  2. Reply
    John canning - 21st September 2017

    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

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 21st September 2017

      I am afraid I don’t know and the Navy asks that people make requests directly to them (ie not through us), the email address for the Royal Naval Chaplaincy at Portsmouth is

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