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HMS Diamond 'at forefront' of Syria operation

HMS Diamond holds a day-into-night Replenishment At Sea with the French Ship Var Credit: FS Var

The Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond has been helping out a French tanker as part of her Mediterranean deployment.

Since leaving her home base of Portsmouth, HMS Diamond has been at the forefront of operations.

The naval ship is currently supporting Op RECSYR, which stands for Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria.

HMS Diamond holds a day-into-night Replenishment At Sea with the French Ship Var Credit: Royal Navy

Petty Officer Scott Gratton, the Chief Bosun’s Mate who has responsibility for all seamanship evolutions, said: “Replenishing whilst underway is widely considered to be the most dangerous peace time evolution a warship will carry out.

"It would be akin to driving alongside a petrol tanker on the motorway refuelling your car for around three hours.”


Circuit class on ice, crew onboard HMS Protector get fit!

Sailors on board Portsmouth based HMS Protector used a rare lull in the ships busy programme to do an hour long workout session.

Crew were lead by the ship's physical training instructor to do squats and press-ups on thick ice in Antarctica.

Crew perform press-ups and squats on thick ice in Antarctica Credit: Royal Navy

The ship is coming to the end of its 'summer season' surveying the waters around Antarctica.

Due to the icy and cold conditions, the crews have to train inside in usually cramped conditions.

Crew being pushed to their limits during their work out Credit: Royal Navy

The Leading Physical Trainer Gareth Smith said, "The ship was surrounded by ice for miles around and the decision was taken to allow people on the ice.

"The idea then struck me: after a month of being crammed in the ship's lower hold, if we'd played football, what prevented me from taking a circuit class? A chilly one, granted but one in unbelievably pure air, with an amazing back drop and without the constraints of space."

HMS Protector crew after their gruelling work out Credit: Royal Navy

Marines and sailors awarded for going 'above and beyond' the call of duty

23 sailors and Royal Marines who have gone ‘above and beyond’ the normal call of duty in careers spanning more than 20 years have been singled out for their selfless devotion.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

The Naval personnel received the Meritorious Service Medal – the highest distinction for senior ratings or NCO outside the realm of bravery – from the Second Sea Lord aboard Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

Just 52 Meritorious Service Medals are presented each year by Vice Admiral David Steel, and as well as the presentation, recipients and their families are offered a tour of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard before an invite to lunch in Admiralty House, the Second Sea Lord’s official residence.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

Captain praises ship's achievements

It has been a pleasure to meet the Captain and crew of HMS Westminster. I am tremendously impressed with what they have achieved throughout their time in the Middle East and I hope we can continue and build upon the excellent work they have done. I wish them fair winds and following seas for their return to Portsmouth to be reunited with their loved ones at the end of the month.

– Commander Mike Smith, Commanding Officer of HMS Somerset

Members of both ships’ companies, including the Commanding Officers, took time to speak to old friends, pass on key information about operations and port visits, as well as exchange farewells before they both go their separate ways.


Royal Navy ship in environmental study

HMS Protector in the Southern Ocean Credit: Royal Navy

Uncharted areas of the Southern Ocean have been surveyed by scientists on the Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector, based in Portsmouth. The survey findings will help determine the scale of any clean-up work at penguin colonies off the Sandwich Islands.

Scientists carry out environmental impact study Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth

They've spent 152 days at sea - sacrificing christmas with their families to help others in desperate need of vital aid.

But today, sailors on board HMS Illustrious finally returned to Portsmouth to a rapturous welcome.

The vessel was due to return in December but was diverted to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to help with the relief effort.

Although it's a month later than planned, today's homecoming was an emotional reunion for the families of the 650 crew on board. Richard Jones reports.

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