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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day in the operations room of one of the Royal Navy's front-line frigates, these are the sailors of HMS Kent - currently chasing down pirates and working with other counter narcotics and counter terrorism forces in the Indian Ocean.
The Portsmouth-based frigate is the latest RN warship to join the international effort to protect shipping and keep the sea lanes open.
Right now the Type 23 warship is patrolling one of the most the most dangerous waterways in the world off the Horn of Africa - waters dubbed by the media as ‘Pirate Alley’.
The Kent team - 200 sailors, Fleet Air Arm air and ground crew plus their Merlin helicopter, and a detachment of Royal Marines Commandos leading boarding operations - had hoped to fly the AFD flag from their sea boats, but sea conditions ruled that out.
Now they've waited 70 years to receive their medals and today at a special ceremony marking armed forces day, 25 veterans of the Arctic Convoys were honoured.
The Arctic Star medals were due to be sent out in the post but many felt this was no way to recognise the efforts of those who've endured so much.
Kerry Swain reports.
Kerry Swain spoke to Alec Penstone, Ann Briggs and the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson.
TV presenter Dan Snow has opened a new exhibition showcasing the experiences of local people in the New Forest during the World War II.
Italian and German prisoners of war were put to work in the forest during the war, and the Dambuster squadron tested their bouncing bombs on land targets in the woodland.
The New Forest Remembers World War II exhibit is on display at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst.
More 120 sailors have taken part in a parade in Portsmouth to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
Sailors from the Fareham training establishment HMS Collingwood formed the parade’s guard of honour and were joined by five platoons comprising personnel from the Naval Base, Fleet Diving Squadron, HMS Edinburgh, Defence College of Policing and Guarding.
Medics from the Queen Alexander Hospital also took part. The Army and RAF were also represented.
Portsmouth will mark Armed Forces Day with a special presentation of Arctic Star medals for 25 Arctic Convoy veterans.
The ceremony has just begun in the Guildhall Square.
Oxford Castle will take centre stage today as military forces come together to mark Armed Forces Day. Representatives from RAF Brize Norton and Bicester Garrison will be among the military forces raising a flag in tribute.