Portsmouth sailor leaves behind family as he joins Nato mission

Petty Officer Jamie Stickley
Petty Officer Jamie Stickley
Monster truck 'Grim Reaper' in action at the HMS Sultan Summer Show. Thousands of visitors enjoyed an exciting Father's Day weekend recently at the HMS Sultan Summer Show 2018.  The not-for-profit Show was jam-packed with high quality Arena Entertainment including Monster Trucks, a Steam Fayre and motorcycle displays with the Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun and the HMS Sultan Volunteer Band ensuring the Show was in keeping with the best of Naval Traditions.  Outside of the Main Arena an enormous funfair, a free Fun and Games Arena, petting zoo, static airframe displays, creepy crawlies, craft and chairties tents, classic cars and a Georgian Gun Deck Experience based around the Battle of Trafalgar kept visitors entertained. In addition, guests were also given the opportunity to book their own ride on the 'Red Dragon; Moster Ride Truck.  On top of everythinng else on offer 2018 marks 'The Year of Engineering', a year long cross-government campaign. Picture: PO Phot Nicola Harper.

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A SAILOR from Portsmouth has told of his apprehension about leaving his young family to begin his next mission with the Royal Navy.

Petty Officer Jamie Stickley set sail from Plymouth on HMS Ocean as the warship begins her role as the flagship of a major Nato maritime group in the Mediterranean.

PO Stickley, who is the physical training instructor on board, is leaving behind his wife Josie and three-year-old son Parker to serve on the deployment.

He said: ‘I’m a little apprehensive because I haven’t been to sea since 2008, but I’m also excited because HMS Ocean is a great ship to serve in and this is an important large deployment.

‘I’m also sad because I had to say goodbye to my family. But it will help that my mind will be occupied as I will be busy looking after the physical development of anyone who wants to take part.

‘I have three gyms on board and we can use the flight deck if flying operations allow.’

Ocean will be leading Nato’s Standing Maritime Group 2, providing security to the region.

She is taking over the role from Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan.

The 21,500-tonne ship has a crew of 400 including Royal Marines.