More than 260 sailors serving on board HMS Edinburgh will spend the festive season on board the Portsmouth-based warship while she sails the South Atlantic. But in a bid to spread some Christmas cheer the personnel have donned their smartest Santa outfits and created a video for their loved ones set to The Darkness’ Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End): video The video features scenes from around the ship with sailors wearing Santa hats, Christmas cracker outfits and elf costumes waving hello to family and friends from thousands of miles away at sea.
Tomorrow is the last recommended posting date for letters to reach personnel deployed to Afghanistan, but the MOD is urging generous members of the public to consider donating to Service charities instead of sending post.
The Royal Navy, Army and RAF have continued to protect Libyan civilians at risk of attack from Gaddafi’s forces over the last few days with a number of strikes on key targets.
British forces from all three Services have supported hundreds of Afghan soldiers in carrying out a major operation to clear insurgents from one of their last remaining strongholds in central Helmand.