While their families celebrate Christmas at home, the crew of the Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate, will be spending Christmas engaged in countering piracy, smuggling and similar illegal activity. The ship, also known as the Black Duke after its traitor namesake, is part of a coalition naval force policing the Gulf and keeping crucial trade routes safe for the UK’s imports and exports. However, in spite of the busy programme, members of the crew have found some time to prepare for the festivities with both the chaplain and the chefs limbering-up for the seasonal cheer and religious service.
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Royal Navy warship spends Christmas on operations
Soldiers from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery received their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals on Saturday 10 November after their deployment as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand province.
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19th Regiment Royal Artillery receive Afghanistan medals
The last group of soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) has returned home from their deployment as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade on Operation HERRICK 16 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Final group of 3 YORKS soldiers returns from Afghanistan
Soldiers from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery returned to the UK yesterday following their deployment as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade to Helmand province, Afghanistan.
19th Regiment Royal Artillery returns from Afghanistan
650 men of 40 Commando Royal Marines (40 Cdo) have honed their skills with a final exercise on Salisbury Plain ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan with 4th Mechanized Brigade in October.
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Royal Marines ready for Afghanistan deployment