British World War II veterans commemorate 70th anniversary of D-Day aboard HMS Belfast

BY Justin Scuiletti  May 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM EDT
Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images

World War II veterans Tuesday sat alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron aboard the HMS Belfast as a C-75 Dakota aircraft flew above the vessel on the river Thames. Veterans who served aboard the Belfast were joined by veterans from The Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Normandy Veterans Association as part of 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in London.

“On behalf of the British people,” Cameron said in a speech to the veterans, “70 years ago you did your country proud and your country will always, always be immensely proud of you.”

Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The HMS Belfast, named after the capital city of Northern Ireland, was launched in March 1938 and currently acts as a museum ship. The vessel participated in Operation Overlord in June 1944, which supported troop landings in Normandy during D-Day and is one of only three remaining vessels worldwide to have taken part of those operations.