HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


Forthcoming Events - 2019  80th ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE

4th JUNE 2019 - Memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum. 1050 Service at our Battle of the River Plate Memorial before moving to the Normandy Memorial, pausing on route at the Land Army Memorial, for and act of Remembrance to acknowledge the part Ajax played in the D-Day landings. Contact the Association for further details. SEE REVIEW HERE



OCTOBER 2019 - reunion weekend at Chatham. SEE REVIEW HERE


Organised by Isle of Wight Ltd once again


Staying at Holiday Inn Coniston

70 London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1NT


Reunion Service to be held at St George's Chapel, Chatham


Friday 4 th October to Monday 7 th October 2019


Price includes:-


Either 2 or 3 nights Half Board, ensuite accommodation


Meals included Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and private gala dinner, Sunday


breakfast, and dinner, Monday breakfast.


Those choosing the 2-night package leave after breakfast on Sunday

5 course Gala dinner with wine reception & port for the loyal toast


Saturday Gala Night Dinner


No Single Supplement on the first 10 single rooms £15 per night thereafter.

Saturday Coach to the Memorial Service at St Georges Chapel

Sunday Coach Tour to Chatham Historical Dockyard including entrance fees

2 nights package £174 per person

3 nights package £214 per person

1 night package £104 per person

Gala Dinner Only £39

2019 trip to South America

The Association is planning a trip to Chile, Argentina & Uruquay in December 2019 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate that took place off Uruguay and the Chilean earthquake earlier in 1939.


Flights and accommodation are booked. 32 visiting Chile with a further 10 joining the group for the Uruguay and Argentina legs.




UK: Sunday 1/12/2019 – depart LHR


Santiago: Monday 2/12/2019 – arrive SCL – private transfer to 4* Hotel - 3 Hour City Tour planned depending upon timings: [Possible evening Embassy/British Legion reception]

Santiago: Tuesday 3/12/2019 – Full day trip in to Andes [Valle Navado or Cajon del Miapo] – Private Service

Santiago: Wednesday 4/12/2019 – Full day trip to Vina del Mar & Valparaiso – Private Service

Santiago: Thursday 5/12/2019 – private transfer to SCL for early afternoon flight (1 hr 5 mins) to CCP

Concepción - private transfer to 3* Hotel - Walking tour of City

Concepción: Friday 6/12/2019 - One or more of following to be arranged –

Visit to Navy Station;

Huascar visit (surviving ship of the war of the Pacific 1879 – 1883);

Visit to town of Coronel (Battle of Coronel 1914)

Reception at Club Concepción with Mayor

Concepción: Saturday 7/12/2019 – private transfer to CCP for flight to SCL

Santiago SCL – flight to MVD  



Montevideo: Saturday 7/12/2019 arrive MVD from SCL – private transfer to 4* Hotel

Montevideo: Sunday 8/12/2019 - 3 hour City Tour

Montevideo: Monday 9/12/2019 - Full day trip Colonia del Sacramento

Montevideo: Tuesday 10/12/2019 - FREE DAY – AT LEISURE: evening UK Embassy Reception

Montevideo: Wednesday 11/12/2019 - day trip to Punta del Este

Montevideo: Thursday 12/12/2019 - Museo Andes 1972 visit (1972 Andes plane crash): River Plate historical tour: British Society Reception & Association presentation

Montevideo: Friday 13/12/2019 (actual 80th anniversary) – Anniversary events to include:

Service at Templo Inglés (The Cathedral of The Most Holy Trinity): Followed by remembrance events at: Cementerio Británico (British Cemetery): Cementerio del Norte (German Cemetery): Boat trip to Graf Spee site for act of remembrance [if possible]

Montevideo: Saturday 14/12/2019 – private transfer to Montevideo Port for Buquebus Fast Ferry Tourist Class to Buenos Aires over the River Plate. Depart Montevideo 1100 hrs (2hrs 15min)



Buenos Aires: Saturday 14/12/2019 – arrive on ferry at 1315hrs – private transfer from Port to 4* Hotel - Free Afternoon

Buenos Aires: Sunday 15/12/2019 - Remembrance ceremony with German Society & British Legion at German Cemetery (Langsdorff’s grave) followed by visit to nearby British Cemetery (grave of J T Fredericks HMS Exeter) - Luncheon reception at German Society

Buenos Aires: Monday 16/12/2019 - 3 hour City Tour + Dinner & Tango Show at La Ventana

Buenos Aires: Tuesday 17/12/2019 - FREE DAY – AT LEISURE

Buenos Aires: Wednesday 18/12/2019 – private transfer to EZE for flight to LHR


Contact the Association for further details of any of the events below using one of the "contact" forms or emailing