May 13, 2020 – Survey ship HMS Enterprise remembered the men of World War 2 destroyer HMS Jupiter while sailing in the Java Sea.
While the Royal Navy continues to support the government in its fight against COVID-19, the Echo-class ship is in the Asia-Pacific region and recently made stops in Vietnam and Singapore.
After spending time alongside for routine maintenance in Singapore, HMS Enterprise has returned to sea and, while transiting the Java Sea, held a service for the men who died during Jupiter’s sinking in February 1942.
Not since the next – and to date last HMS Jupiter, a Cold War frigate – passed over the wreck in January 1974, with HRH the Prince of Wales among her ship’s company, has the Royal Navy visited the last resting place of the wartime destroyer.
More than 45 years later, Sub Lieutenant Jack Ashbridge organized the ceremony at sea.
“As part of my training, I was tasked to prepare and lead a service of remembrance for the men who lost their lives on board HMS Jupiter,” he said.
“I was grateful to hear from the Jupiter Association who provided some memoirs from sailors who served during the war.”