Armed Forces Day celebrated

One hundred and twenty sailors will parade through Portsmouth later in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Sailors in the operations room on HMS Kent Credit: Royal Navy

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day in the operations room of one of the Royal Navy's front-line frigates, these are the sailors of HMS Kent - currently chasing down pirates and working with other counter narcotics and counter terrorism forces in the Indian Ocean.

The Portsmouth-based frigate is the latest RN warship to join the international effort to protect shipping and keep the sea lanes open.

Right now the Type 23 warship is patrolling one of the most the most dangerous waterways in the world off the Horn of Africa - waters dubbed by the media as ‘Pirate Alley’.

The Kent team - 200 sailors, Fleet Air Arm air and ground crew plus their Merlin helicopter, and a detachment of Royal Marines Commandos leading boarding operations - had hoped to fly the AFD flag from their sea boats, but sea conditions ruled that out.

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