Service marks 100 years since Scapa Flow navy scuttling
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A poignant service has been held to commemorate the centenary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow.
More than 50 German ships were sunk in the waters off Orkney to prevent them becoming spoils of war on 21 June 1919.
A service was held above the sunken wreck of the warship Dresden.
During the service a bell recovered from the wreck of the Von der Tann was rung by the grandson of German commander Admiral Ludwig von Reuter.
The mass scuttling was the single greatest loss of warships in history.
The nine German sailors killed that day were the last to die during World War One.
The final peace treaty was signed a week later.
On Friday, wreaths were laid by the two most senior naval officers present - Rear Admiral Stephen Haisch, from the German Navy, and Captain Chris Smith, Royal Navy Regional Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Navy divers from Britain and Germany then laid wreaths on the hull of the Dresden.
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