Video: Royal Marines show fun side of naval life

The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

Royal Navy ship shadows a Russian destroyer

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ROYAL Marines musicians are used to putting smiles on the faces of others – but they’re also a pretty happy bunch themselves.

And just to prove it, they’ve put together a music video to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ song Happy.

Here and below, stills from the video created by the Royal Marines Band Service show some amusing aspects of naval life

Here and below, stills from the video created by the Royal Marines Band Service show some amusing aspects of naval life

Filmed at several locations, including the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth and Eastney seafront, the light-hearted clip shows many aspects of naval life.

Everybody got involved, from sailors on the flight deck of HMS Ocean to Royal Marines on the parade square in Portsmouth – and the result is a cheeky video which doesn’t fail to raise a smile.

Corporal Bugler Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris shot and edited the video.

The 30-year-old said: ‘It was great fun getting the footage and putting it all together and it certainly seems to have been making people smile so 
far.

‘I was quite lucky to get some of the footage on HMS Ocean because I just turned up with the camera and asked for any people who wouldn’t mind looking like complete pillocks in a video.

‘Fortunately two people had turned up late for duty that day so they were immediately volunteered.

‘It’s been overwhelmingly well-received and I owe a big thanks to everybody who got involved.’

Cpl Bugler Harris even managed to squeeze a cameo appearance for his family, as he and wife Kathryn, 30, appear towards the end of the video dancing with their children Holly, three, and Flora, one, pictured above.

There are five bands which make up the Royal Marines Band Service: HMS Nelson in Portsmouth; HMS Collingwood in Fareham; HMS Raleigh in Torpoint; the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone and the Scotland band in Rosyth.