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Sir Henry Leach, First Sea Lord in 1982, was in Singapore as a sprog Midshipman, waiting to join PRINCE OF WALES (under the command of his father) when the ship was lost. He was, apparently, taken aside and told the news by an old chief when the survivors came ashore from one of our destroyers.

O eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out of the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea;
who has compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end;
be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants and
the fleet in which we serve.
Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy;
that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth and her dominions,
and security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasion;
that the inhabitants of our commonwealth may in peace and quietness serve thee our God;
and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours,
and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name;
through Jesus Christ our lord.
AMEN
 
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