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Royal Navy – Ashes Committal Service

The Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service carries out ashes burials at sea (known as Committals) for former naval personnel.

Water Burials are carried out at three bases ase Ports in Scotland on the

  • Portsmouth (Hampshire)
  • Plymouth (Devonport – Devon)
  • Clyde (Faslane – Scotland),

There is no charge for the committal.

Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, however the general rule is:

  • 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.

You are required to provide the 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.

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

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


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