Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy’s newest warship.
Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.
The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.
On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic roles and capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.
“We were delighted to welcome our guests on board. Engagement and dialogue between our two militaries is useful given that we share similar global challenges including counter-piracy, preventing conflict, protecting our citizens overseas and supporting UN peacekeeping efforts.”
HMS Dauntless has left Portsmouth waters for a five-month routine deployment to the Gulf this morning.
The Type 45 destroyer will be part of a continuous presence in the region deterring piracy and keeping the sea lanes safe for merchant vessels.
During her time away Dauntless will make several stops in the Mediterranean for training as well as visiting ports in a number of Gulf States to strengthen ties in the region.
HMS Dauntless plans to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign on her way home.
She will transit the Dardanelles to take part in organised events to commemorate the 100-year anniversary.
This will be a high profile deployment for Dauntless during which we will provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, while conducting maritime security and counter-piracy patrols. HMS Dauntless has been through intense training to be in a position to undertake this deployment and I am immensely proud of my ship’s company.”
Christmas for Royal Navy Officer Lewis Jones will be a different affair this year as he spends it away from family and friends on operations in the blustery long summer days of the South Atlantic.
Sub Lieutenant Jones, aged 20, from Wimborne in Dorset, is serving on board Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship, HMS Protector, in the South Atlantic this Christmas.
Lewis says this is his favourite deployment as its his first, although he will miss his family and girlfriend back in Dorset.
A 22-year-old sailor from Waterlooville is spending her first Christmas away from home.
Hannah Watson has been deployed on HMS Kent to the Gulf where she'll be serving on board Royal Navy frigate.
While her mum and dad will be tucking into Christmas dinner in Hampshire, Hannah will be out on her first deployment until May.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailor, Jonathan Roberts, will be spending Christmas thousands of miles away from his family in Havant, Hampshire, this year.
He's serving on board tanker ship RFA Gold Rover in the South Atlantic, while his wife and children, Callum,21, Dylan, 18 and Mackenzie,5.
Gosport sailor Dean Goodey will be enjoying Christmas day apart from his fiancee and his two sons this year as he's serving on board HMS Protector in the South Atlantic.
Leading writer Goodey's fiancee Amelia and his two young sons George and Henry will be spending Christmas at their family home in Gosport, Hampshire with one less place around the dinner table.
A Royal Navy sailor will be celebrating Christmas in the South Atlantic this year - working away from his five young children and wife.
Adam Bartle, aged 26, is working on board HMS Clyde in the South Atlantic over the festive period and has said he misses his family back home in Gosport, Hampshire.
“I would like wish my five young beautiful children a very merry Christmas, I miss and love you all very much and can’t wait to see you. Love you all so much, miss you all millions see you soon daddy. “To Kelly, I love you so much and miss you, wish I could be there with you to see our kids open their presents on Christmas morning.”
Christmas for Royal Navy Officer Martin Scutt will be different this year - as he spends it miles away from family and friends in the South Atlantic.
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Scutt, 42, of Ryde in Hampshire, is serving on board Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship, HMS Protector, in the South Atlantic – one of 4 Royal Navy Ships deployed to the region this Christmas.
In true naval tradition the ship’s doctor, will join his fellow officers in serving Christmas dinner to the rest of the sailors on board – a switch in the day-to-day routine – while his wife Christine and her family enjoy their Christmas lunch back in Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Maxine Richardson, who lives in Portsmouth, will be spending Christmas in the South Atlantic after she was deployed with one of the 4 Royal Navy ships in the region this year.
She'll be based on HMS Clyde, a Portsmouth-based ship, which is permanently stationed in the South Atlantic to deliver security to the area.
Maxine, 42, will be enjoying Christmas dinner abroad while her two children will be back in Portsmouth and her parents enjoying Christmas in the Caribbean.
A Naval sailor from Fareham in Hampshire who is serving on board HMS Kent in the Gulf has sent a special message to his fiancee and 11-month-old daughter.
Paul Howe, 27, joined the Navy in January 2013 and so this is his first deployment and although missing friends and family, he says he is enjoying the job.