Sailors celebrate Father’s Day 4,500 miles from home

LS(CIS) Scott Abernethy and AB(CIS) Christopher Hallatt with cards and presents from Scott's son Ernest Scott Abernethy, aged one from Portsmouth, and Christopher's daughter Chloe Delilah Hallatt, aged one from Crew. Picture: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen
LS(CIS) Scott Abernethy and AB(CIS) Christopher Hallatt with cards and presents from Scott's son Ernest Scott Abernethy, aged one from Portsmouth, and Christopher's daughter Chloe Delilah Hallatt, aged one from Crew. Picture: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen

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PROUD dads on board a Portsmouth-based warship opened up their Father’s Day cards from 4,500 miles away this year.

HMS Lancaster is a couple of weeks into her six-month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.

But members of her ship’s company were still able to send back messages to their fathers, and open their own gifts from sons and daughters at home yesterday.

HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: ‘Although away from home, working hard and undertaking a job we all love, Royal Navy personnel across the globe are always acutely aware of the family they have left behind. ‘Whether a father, son or daughter, Father’s Day reminds us of home and I know I speak for everyone on board HMS Lancaster when I assure our loved ones that we are thinking of them and thank them for their continued love and support.’

The Type 23 frigate is currently in Key West, Florida, on her second visit of the deployment.