Navy Days

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What are 'Navy Days'?

For much of the 20th century the Royal Navy held ‘Navy Days’ or ‘Navy Weeks’ to show the general public the Royal Navy close up and to raise money for naval charities.

The Navy mounted them in the main naval ports of Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham during the traditional holiday month of August over a period of three days.

Today the event is still held, although not as often - the last Navy Days took place in Plymouth 2006. Recent events along similar lines have been the International Festival of the Sea and July 2008’s Meet Your Navy.

Programme, 1970. (RNM)
Programme, 1970. (RNM)

Article highlights

  • What are 'Navy Days'?

  • The first events

  • See the Ships, Meet the Men

  • Programmes