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Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

Back in the kitchen - former crew return to Royal Yacht Britannia

The second in a series about the annual return of former crew members of the Royal Yacht Britannia who go back to work on board her for a week each year.

The former crew members follow the routines they once had - eating the food they used to, and returning to the messes where they once socialised with their crewmates.

The yacht served the royal family for more than forty years and travelled more than a million miles around the globe. Her maiden voyage was from Portsmouth to Malta. Many of her crew over the years have come from Hampshire. They organise an annual gathering in Portsmouth.

Britannia is now moored in Edinburgh. Here is Richard Jones with part two of his special series of reports.

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Former crewmen revisit the Royal Yacht Britannia

How many of us would go back to the place we once worked to work again - and this time pay for the privilege?

That's what former crew members from the Royal Yacht Britannia do for a week once a year. It's a sign of just how special it was to be a sailor aboard a ship which served the nation for more than 40 years.

Richard Jones joined them - exclusively on board - and this is the first of three special reports this week.

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Royal Navy sailor found dead in the Seychelles named

A Royal Navy sailor found dead during a visit by his warship to the Seychelles has been named as Charles Warrender.

The Engineer Technician was serving on HMS Richmond. His body was discovered behind the national library in the capital city of Victoria at 6.45am on Saturday, according to local news reports.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Engineer Technician (Marine Engineer) Charles George Warrender, from HMS Richmond, was found dead in the Seychelles on Saturday. The next of kin have been informed and the thoughts and sympathies of the naval service are with his family and friends at this sad time. The incident is currently under investigation by the local police, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further."

The 23-year-old is understood to have been living in Portsmouth where his ship is based.

HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, is in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Kipion to protect Britain's international interests across the Gulf and the ship hosted a reception on board for British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll last Friday to mark the Queen's birthday.

Families cheer their loved ones as HMS Kent and Dauntless sail into port

HMS Kent (Foreground) and HMS Dauntless Sail home Credit: Kate Taylor
Twins Aaron and Luke Walker wait for their dad Leading Chef Benjamin Walker on board HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
Families wait on the Quayside for HMS Kent to return home Credit: Kate Taylor
Cheering families welcome home HMS Dauntless Credit: Kate Taylor
Band of the Royal Marines welcome home HMS Dauntless and HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
HMS Dauntless returns to Portsmouth Credit: Kate Taylor
Evie and Lacey Moore fly the flag for dad Petty Officer Joseph Moore aboard HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor

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TRAVEL - FERRIES: HAMPSHIRE - Disruption on routes from Portsmouth to Caen

Normandie, Brittany Ferries vessel operating on Cherbourg route Credit: Brittany Ferries

There is disruption on Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Caen due to industrial action. Due to industrial action by dockers in Caen, the Normandie service will be operating to/from Cherbourg up to and including 23:00 on Sunday 10th May. More updates on company website.

HMS Dragon to return to Portsmouth

HMS Dragon is due to return to Portsmouth tomorrow Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Dragon returns to Portsmouth on Wednesday from a successful six-month patrol across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The Type 45 destroyer travelled 22,000 miles and visited 15 ports strengthening ties with her allies and continuing the UK’s commitment to the region. The deployment included routine patrols of the Falkland Islands and supporting the community of Tristan De Cunha by moving stores and supplies around the island.

She also worked alongside maritime forces from Africa, Europe, South America and the US in a training exercise in the Gulf of Guinea designed to improve regional cooperation and information-sharing practices, while stopping illegal activity at sea.

HMS Dragon is due to return to Portsmouth tomorrow Credit: Royal Navy
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