The Philippines Consul General to the UK has praised the sailors of HMS Daring for their ‘enormous value’ in providing aid to the typhoon-struck islands.
Senen Mangalile was at Portsmouth Naval Base this morning, along with more than 1,000 family members of the crew, to welcome the Type 45 destroyer home after nine months.
He presented a garland to the commanding officer of the ship, Commander Angus Essenhigh, as he disembarked.
And shortly afterwards, the floodgates opened as the rest of the ship’s company rushed down the gangway and into the arms of their waiting families.
Consul General Senen Mangalile told The News: ‘We look at the arrival of HMS Daring as a representation of the quick result of Britain in standing by the Philippines in this hour of need.
‘She was the first to be there and give comfort and aid to those who were affected, especially those who were unreachable at that time.
‘We recognise the enormous value of what the ship’s company has done.’
HMS Daring and her crew made headlines across the world in November when she was diverted to the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
During nine days, Daring and her ship’s company surveyed 42,200 square miles covering more than 70 islands.
They treated 300 patients and delivered 21 tonnes of stores and 7,656 litres of fresh drinking water ashore.
The warship had been on a routine exercise in the South China Sea when she was diverted to the Philippines.