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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.
Christmas at last for sailors and their families.
Thousands of people have gathered on the dockside at Portsmouth Naval Base to welcome home the carrier HMS Illustrious.
The ship was due home before Christmas but was diverted to the Philippines to help deliver aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
So for many of the crew and their families, Christmas celebrations will this weekend!
Illustrious spent three weeks in the typhoon-affected region delivering supplies and carrying out repairs to buildings.
The crew believe they were able to help at least 40,000 people, many in some of the most isolated areas.
She has been away since August and will now undergo essential maintenance before going back to sea later in the year.
HMS Illustrious is heading back to the UK after helping in the aftermath of the Philippines disaster.
The ship and her 650 crew members delivered emergency aid supplies in response to the typhoon.
The 23,000-tonne ship was operating in the Gulf when it was diverted to the Philippines to relieve HMS Daring, which was one of the first ships on the scene.
Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Utley, said, "Our capabilities perfectly matched what was required in the Philippines.
"We were able to get to where we were needed quickly and our size and flexibility meant that we could store and distribute extremely large volumes of emergency aid supplies."
Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster is currently on deployment in the Indian Ocean conducting counter piracy operations and training.
The warship was in Tanzania in mid December and undertook training, sporting and social activities since its time out there.
The visit saw a three day maritime operations training package with the Tanzania Maritime Law Enforcement Detachment.
The team ran an interactive programme which covered all the aspects of boarding operations at the Dar es Salaam harbour.
Lieutenant Nick Palmer, HMS Westminster’s RN Boarding Officer, said: “It was really enjoyable to work with the Tanzanian LEDET team. They were enthusiastic throughout and truly learnt a lot.”
HMS Duncan, the UK’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer, has entered into service with the Royal Navy four months ahead of schedule. The ship was meant to start in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready.
The first Type 45, HMS Daring, arrived in Portsmouth in January 2009 and has since
been involved in operations across the globe.
Armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defence system which can neutralise threats up to 70 miles away, the Type 45s are the most powerful air defence destroyers ever used by the Royal Navy.
All six Type 45s are based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth which will also be the home to the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.
A former Royal Navy coder from the Isle of Wight, who escaped a sinking ship in freezing Norway waters, will return to the scene.
Ian Gordon, who is 88-years-old, has been awarded a Heroes Return 2 lottery grant so that he can make a trip to Norway with his wife.
Ian started with the Royal Navy in July 1943 aged 18 and because he was colour blind he was assigned duties such as a coder in naval communications.
In Norway, a mine hit Ian's ship, killing five men and ripping through the quarterdeck and trapping Ian in a small cabin.
Ian said:"We knew the ship was sinking and we were really struggling for a while butthanks to Tony Andersen, who was much stronger than I was, we eventually forced the door open just enough for us to get through. It was the most frightening experience of my life."
Ian finally returned home on HMS Manxman in August 1946.
Ian said: "The fjord was a sort of no man's land between the Germans and the Russians. The people there were starving and we were taking food and supplies. We were the leading ship. We got into the entrance of the fjord where we sighted a merchant ship."
The crew of a Royal Navy ship is celebrating Christmas on the ice caps of Antarctica.
HMS Protector is currently deployed to the Antarctic to carry out patrol operations and is at sea today.
The ship have enjoyed a game of football before settling down to a roast turkey dinner in a real life winter wonderland.
The ship sailed from Portsmouth in October to the Antartic via Cape Verde, Rio de Janeiro and South Georgia.
Commanding Officer, Captain Rhett Hatcher, said: “Spending Christmas in the coldest, windiest and driest place on earth comes with a number of challenges but it is a truly unique privilege.
“With 21 hours of daylight we need to remind ourselves to take a break from operations, but when we do so we know that despite being a very long way from our families and friends at home, we are proud to be on patrol for the Royal Navy and in the best possible Company over the Christmas.”
Marcel and Richard are among many sailors who will be away over Christmas on a Royal Navy deployment.
The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring is on a nine-month global deployment.
The sailors from Southampton and Fareham will be missing their families this year.
Marcel usually spends Christmas Day with his family in Southampton and this year will be flying his wife and newborn son to meet the ship in Singapore.
Marcel's Christmas message to his family is: "I miss you all very much andmy thoughts are with you always. HMS Daring’s ship’s company are like anotherfamily to me and they are looking after me very well. _
"Don’t forget to play silly games – the clue is ‘It’s a Christmas message, three words, first second and third words are all one syllable’. I love you!”
Usually Christmas is a big family occasion for the Carter family. “I always spend Christmas with my wife, kids, family and friends from church. Then we’ll go to church, get home and finish the cooking before socialising with friends and family.”
Richard's Christmas message to his family is:_“To my girls – Daddy will be home soon so continue to be good for Mummy and I’ll be bringing all your presents with me when I get back. To my wife Nicole – thank-you for selflessly holding down the fort every time I had to be away. _
" love you so very much and will be home as soon as I can.”