The crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster are about to make some naval history. They will be leaving Hampshire at the weekend - wearing the Royal Navy's first new uniform in more than seventy years. The design is described as 'more modern and practical'.
Royal Navy sailors in the Gulf have sent their mums a special message for Mother's Day.
HMS Dauntless donned their white caps on the flight deck to spell out ‘MUM’, whilst members of Royal Marines Boarding Team wore their green berets to form two kisses.
The photo was taken from the ship's Lynx Mark 8 helicopter which was on a training flight.
The greeting was sent on behalf of the 210-strong crew of the Portsmouth-based warship, which is in the Gulf to deter piracy and keep sea lanes open.
The Type 23 Frigate is to set sail today, Saturday, for the Middle East where she will take part in security operations. The ship will replace her sister vessel HMS Kent in the region.
The nine month deployment will form part of the Royal Navy's long term presence East of Suez. Her main task will be to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region as well as taking part in counter piracy operations and general maritime security. It is a routine deployment for the Navy.
The ship's crew's families are expected to wave the ship off from her Portsmouth base.
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.”