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Young Waterlooville sailor spends first Xmas on duty

Hannah went to South Downs College and is spending Christmas in the Gulf Credit: Navy

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.

Havant Naval sailor sends Christmas message home

Jonathan Roberts, 43, from Havant in Hampshire is serving on board RFA Gold Rover Credit: Navy

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.

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Gosport sailor sends love to family from South Atlantic

Leading writer Dean Goodey, 29, from Gosport has been deployed on board HMS Protector Credit: Navy

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.

Gosport sailor misses family Xmas: 'I miss and love you all'

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.

Adam Bartle's first deployment was on HMS Southampton Credit: Navy

“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.”

– Adam Bartle

Isle of Wight sailor sends festive message from South Atlantic

Over the festive period he will be based on HMS Protector, who sailed from Portsmouth in October 2013 Credit: Navy

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.

Portsmouth sailor spending Xmas in South Atlantic

Portsmouth sailor sends christmas wishes home Credit: Navy

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.

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Fareham sailor sends Xmas message to fiancee and baby

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.

Royal Navy practice marching skills for Remembrance Day

More than 130 members of the Naval Services have been practising their marching skills ahead of the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday November 9.

Dressed smartly in great coats, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, 10 of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors have been preparing for the Sunday services.

For the first time since the Cenotaph Service began, a female naval officer from HMS Collingwood will be undertaking the role of Officer of the Guard 1. Credit: RoyalNavy

On Sunday the men and women will be on guard at the parade ground at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth under the watchful eye of the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Officer Warrant Officer Dickie Henderson and his team of Gunnery Instructors.

HMS Duncan fires first missile

HMS Duncan celebrated its fourth birthday by downing a target with a Sea Viper missile. This is the first time the Portsmouth based warship's main weapon has been used. The 450kg missile travelled at four times the speed of sound.

HMS Duncan fires its first Sea Viper missile Credit: RN Media and Comms
The Sea Viper missile successfully intercepted its target Credit: RN Media and Comms
The blast from the launch of the missile Credit: RN Media and Comms

Carrier HMS Illustrious decommissioned after 32 years

HMS Illustrious is being decommissioned today Credit: Rachel Hepworth

The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is to be decommissioned today in a special ceremony. The Portsmouth-based helicopter and commando carrier has clocked up 900,000 miles on operations across the world. She has been in active service for thirty-two years.

HMS Illustrious was built by Swan Hunter shipbuilders on the Tyne and launched by Princess Margaret in December 1978. Construction of the carrier was underway when the Falklands War broke out - completion of the project was speeded up. The carrier was deployed so quickly that her commissioning ceremony took place on 20th June 1982, while she was on her way to the conflict.

HMS Illustrious was commissioned on 20th June 1982

The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will take over the responsibilities of HMS Illustrious and her crew.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Illustrious helped maintain the no-fly zone in Bosnia during the 1990s. In 1998 she operated in the Arabian Gulf and carried out a similar role in southern Iraq. In 2000 she led a task group aimed at restoring stability and peace to Sierra Leone in West Africa. After the 9/11 attacks in the USA, HMS Illustrious played an important part in the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan - staying in the region for several months.

In 2006, during the Israel - Lebanon crisis, HMS Illustrious helped in the operation to evacuate British citizens from Beirut.

In 2013 HMS Illustrious was diverted from other duties to assist with disaster relief in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

HMS Illustrious returned home to port for the last time in July

“Bringing the ship into her home port for the last time was a poignant moment but the welcome we received was tremendous. I’m extremely proud of what the ship has achieved and about what my team has achieved.

"I have mixed feelings but all with a complete optimism for the future given what the navy has got coming, Ocean is back out after an extensive refit and we were at HMS Queen Elizabeth's naming just a few weeks ago."

– Captain Mike Utley, the ship’s 18th and last Commanding Officer - Speaking in July 2014
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