THE man in charge of the Royal Navy has praised his sailors as one in seven of them remained on active duty over Christmas.
More than 3,200 sailors and Royal Marines are deployed beyond UK shores this year on board more than a dozen ships.
Now Admiral Sir George Zambellas has thanked those who remained on duty and the rest of the service involved in operations this year.
He said: ‘We have touched each of the Seven Seas and around the globe – on behalf of our nation – we have delivered combat operations and deterrence, international partnership and maritime security, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
‘Each of them has played their part in boosting the Royal Navy’s operational authority and reputation, at home and abroad.’
As reported in The News, there are a number of Portsmouth-based ships and hundreds of sailors away at sea over the holidays this year, including HMS Illustrious, HMS Westminster, HMS Daring, HMS Quorn, HMS Atherstone, HMS Richmond, and HMS Protector.
The British Forces Post Office has been delivering mail and gifts to all four corners of the globe.