Lusty’s last entry: final mission provided vital disaster relief

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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One of HMS Illustrious’ final missions was to help relieve the suffering of thousands of people whose lives were upset by a devastating typhoon.

The Portsmouth-based warship had been taking part in a routine deployment to the Middle East in November last year.

A Merline helicopter from HMS Illustrious delivers aid to Sicogan Island in the Philippines.''Picture: L(Phot) Nicky Wilson

A Merline helicopter from HMS Illustrious delivers aid to Sicogan Island in the Philippines.''Picture: L(Phot) Nicky Wilson

But as reported in The News, she was diverted to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck the islands there.

The ship’s company missed Christmas with their families in order to stay and help those whose homes and communities were destroyed by the typhoon.

HMS Illustrious relieved Portsmouth-based HMS Daring, which had been the first Royal Navy ship to respond to the crisis.

Illlustrious returns home to Portsmouth today for the last time before she is decommissioned from service with the navy.

The sailors who make up Lusty’s supply department were recently given a commendation from the Royal Navy fleet commander for their efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan