GRINNING from ear to ear, Katie and James Johansen could hardly contain their excitement at having their dad home for Christmas.
Lieutenant Commander Sven Johansen returned to Portsmouth yesterday and was greeted by the youngsters.
Katie, eight, said: ‘I was excited to see my dad again.
‘I couldn’t sleep last night because I was excited. I’m happy he’s back.’
Lt Cdr Johansen, 42, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘They are really relieved for me to be home.
‘It’s good to be back. We’ve been out in the warm a lot so it’s nice to come back to some good British weather.
‘We are all very happy to be home.
‘As we’ve been getting closer to home we’ve been feeling the Christmas spirit more and more.’
The two youngsters were among dozens of children eagerly waiting at the dockside yesterday to meet their parents off HMS Diamond.
Some children waved banners which read ‘Welcome home, Daddy,’ while others rushed to greet their mums and dads with a hug.
Afterwards, they were invited to go on board the ship.
And there was a hog roast being served for the families on the jetty.