This Royal Navy Official Philatelic cover was produced in conjunction with the Royal Naval Philatelic Society.
The illustration shows 4 tall sailing ships at sea. Royal Navy signal flags spell out “Festival of the Sea 2003”.
A 27ᵖ “Portrush, County Antrim” commemorative stamp is cancelled by the unique BFPS 2729 “The International Festival of the Sea, Leith 2003” Special Hand Stamp.
On the rear of the cover a crimson 1ᵖ definitive stamp has been cancelled by the BFPS 2729 Special handstamp.
Limited issue of 1500.
Signed by Ian Fraser VC DSC.
Lieutenant-Commander Ian Fraser won the Victoria Cross as captain of the midget submarine XE3 in Operation Struggle, a daring attack on the Japanese 10,000-ton heavy cruiser Takao in the Johore Straits, off Singapore Dockyard, just before the end of the Second World War. (Extract from The Telegraph 2nd Sept 2008)