CHARLOTTE Stocker is happier than most to have her feet back on dry land because she hasn’t been home for a total of nine months.
Drafted to serve on HMS Liverpool straight from now-decommissioned flagship HMS Ark Royal in March, the 23-year-old Able Seaman said it has been an exciting, if rather long, deployment.
She hugged her four-year-old daughter Daisy and said: ‘It has been really good.
‘But the extra time spent on Ark Royal made it more difficult.
‘The whole thing was a challenge and I’m happy to be back home with my family and daughter.’
Her dad Kevin Stocker, 49, is a Chief Petty Officer in the navy and said he was very proud of his daughter.
‘Being in the navy as well helps,’ he said. ‘Because I can understand what Charlotte is going through and it helps me not worry as much.
‘Still, nine months on a small ship must have been tough.’