Ships from Japan and South Korea attending the International Fleet Review in Portsmouth on 28 June have set sail for British waters.

Ships from Japan and South Korea attending the International Fleet Review in Portsmouth on 28 June have set sail for British waters.

They are among scores of ships heading for the Solent from 35 countries for the event.

The International Fleet Review will be the largest ever held in terms of numbers of countries attending.

The last major review celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and saw 19 nations take part.

Captain Steve Bramley of Trafalgar 200, which is organising a host of events to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, said: “On this historic occasion the Royal Navy looks forward to welcoming our many international visitors to strengthen our strong maritime bands of friendship and wonderful maritime heritage.”

Among those on show will be navy’s newest ship the Landing Platform Dock HMS Bulwark and a host of frigates, destroyers, mine counter measure vessels, patrol vessels and support ships.

With almost 160 vessels participating, the review will include modern naval fighting warships as well as merchant shipping and some of the world’s finest tall ships.

The event programme on 28 June will run as follows:

1300 – 1500 Fleet Review by HM The Queen 1520 Fly past 1525 -1630 Sail past 1730 – 1900 Air Display 1900 -2210 Son et Lumiere 2210 Firework spectacular and lighting up of the Fleet

For more visit www.trafalgar200.com