12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Navy lark

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HNMZS Achilles, a veteran of the battle of the River Plate. After the war she was sold to India and was finally broken up in 1978 when 55 years old.

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Today we continue our Remember When countdown to Christmas.

There are now just three days until the big day and each day until then, both here and online at portsmouth.co.uk, we have been bringing you a picture from the past which captures the flavour of the season.
Call it a host of Christmases past...

Here we see Christmas being celebrated in the artificers’ mess in HMS Corunna in 1957.