Sailors are making the most of being stuck at sea for Christmas by sending home a special seasonal video..
The crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Edinburgh have recorded a heartwarming and hilarious message for their families and friends back home in the form of a music video.
During the festive four-minute footage, the camera cuts between the shipmates having fun in various parts of their warship while singing along to The Darkness’ Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).
And weaved around the funny clips are shots of the sailors hard at work – a reminder of the duties they have to carry out on Christmas Day while the rest of the country tucks into dinner.
Commander Nick Borbone, HMS Edinburgh’s commanding officer, said: ‘From us all here on HMS Edinburgh, we’d like to wish all of our friends and families at home a very happy Christmas.’
The video ends with several shots of the sailors sending their friends and family a heartfelt message by holding up words on bits of card to spell a message.
It reads: ‘To all our families, we love you and miss you always.
‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.’
At the end of the footage, the crew are pictured standing at the bow of their ship in front of a giant banner wishing the world a Merry Christmas.
Individual sailors are also pictured with their own personal messages to family back home.
HMS Edinburgh, the last of the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyers, is on a six-month deployment in the South Atlantic.
It will be the last time a Type 42 deploys on operations as they make way for the new generation of Type 45 destroyers, all of which are Portsmouth-based.
HMS Edinburgh is due to return to Portsmouth in March before preparing for her decommissioning.