Mum’s relief as daughter makes emotional return

Lieutenant Alice Brindley with her family at the HMS Duncan homecoming
Lieutenant Alice Brindley with her family at the HMS Duncan homecoming
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A MUM has told of her relief after her daughter returned home safe and sound from a deployment to the Middle East.

Lieutenant Alice Brindley, 25, of Southsea, was one of those to arrive into the welcoming arms of relatives in Portsmouth yesterday after nine months at sea.

Her mum Karen has told how she worried constantly while her daughter helped take the fight to Isil terrorists in the Middle East.

‘We were worried when we heard what Alice would be doing,’ said the 58-year-old.

‘But we’re very proud of her and thrilled she is home.’

Alice’s family is steeped in naval history dating back to the 19th century.

Her great-grandad and grandad served in the First and Second World Wars.

Her dad Paul was also in the Royal Navy for 41 years, while her uncle, Michael Jackson, 64, served on the last HMS Duncan between 1967 and 1968.

Paul, 64 – a retired Chief Petty Officer – said: ‘Seeing her come home was an emotional experience. But I think they’re doing a fantastic job.’

Lt Brindley, a weapons engineer officer, said the deployment had been challenging for everyone.

However, she said: ‘The worst part was missing my niece Asha take her first steps and have her first birthday – that was tough.’

Lt Brindley is now looking forward to spending some time with her family.