THEY’VE worked hard at sea providing disaster relief and keeping pirates at bay in global waters.
Now the ship’s company of HMS Daring have been paid a visit by a top England footballer who wanted to hear about their work.
Midfielder Adam Lallana paid a visit to HMS Daring in Portsmouth as part of a morale-boosting event organised by the British Forces Foundation.
The Southampton winger toured the Type 45 destroyer and chatted with members of her 200-strong crew.
He was told about the ship’s recent nine-month deployment, during which she was diverted to provide humanitarian aid in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon.
Adam said: ‘This was my first time on board a warship and I was very impressed.
‘It was good to meet the sailors on board and learn about their lifestyle.
‘It seems tough when they are away at sea but there was great camaraderie on board and I have a lot of respect for what they do.’
Adam met the sailors on board and chatted to them about their experiences.
He also signed memorabilia for some of those on board.
Petty Officer Ryan Squance, 24, organised the visit.
He said: ‘It was an exciting visit to arrange – it is not every day we get England footballers on a UK warship so this one will stick in the memory for some time.
‘It was also pleasing to see what a lift it gave to the sailors on board.
‘They were all keen to have a quick chat to Adam about life as an international footballer.’
Engineering Technician Adam Kersley, 23, showed the footballer around Daring’s control centre.
‘Adam was genuinely interested in the work of the ship and what life is like on board one of the most modern ships in the Royal Navy,’ said ET Kersley.