The Christmas services season has kicked off with a traditional Admiralty Service in St. Martin in the Fields Church, London, 30 November.

The event has become a traditional meeting point for the Royal Navy, their foreign counterparts and members of the City of London who support the Naval family and its principal charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The Admiralty Service represents the first of the season’s military services and is comprised of a traditional carols, followed by a drinks reception and charity collections.

The event was once again proudly sponsored by ESRI UK and Thales, to whom the Royal Navy and its charity are grateful.

Photo: Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE is greeted by a young Sea Cadet who was raising funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity at St-Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London at the annual Royal Navy's Admiralty Service, the first of the season's military services.