July 30, the annual Lost At Sea memorial ceremony took place during the Sea Festival at sea near Klaipėda shore. Wreaths were lowered into the water to pay tribute to those lost at sea and the 30th anniversary of the re-established Lithuanian Navy was marked with a passing honors ceremony.
The events were attended by 16 warships of the Lithuanian Navy and foreign countries and over 20 civilian ships. President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Gitanas Nausėda, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys, Commander of the Navy Capt (Navy) Giedrius Premeneckas and commanders of other services paid respects to the lost at sea by lowering into the water flower wreathes from the deck of LNS Jotvingis (N42) command and supply ship. Senior Chaplain of the Military Ordinariate of Lithuania Cdr Remigijus Monstvilas prayed for those lost at sea.
The ceremony is a long-standing, one of the oldest traditions of the Sea Festival dating back to the firs Sea Festivals in Klaipėda in 1934 to attract as diverse an audience as possible. The Lost At Sea memorial ceremony annually honors those who perished at sea, glorified the name of Lithuania with their deeds, built the foundation of Lithuania as a coastal state and fostered the maritime history of our country.
The passing honors ceremony was a highlight this year marking the 30th anniversary of the Lithuanian Navy. It is an old maritime tradition that reveals the respectful and peaceful intentions of one crew towards another. AS the ships are closing in, the crews parade on board and salute each other. The ship carrying with top ranking naval officer or a state official board gets saluted first. LNS Jotvingis (N42) with President of the Republic of Lithuania aboard was saluted by 4 Lithuanian Navy and 10 foreign warships of Denmark, Estonia, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Germany visiting the Klaipėda Sea Festival this year.
Credits: Lithuanian Navy