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Fire tugs spray jets of water into the air as HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base almost a month later than planned after being diverted to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 10, 2013. The 23,000-tonne helicopter carrier was operating in the Gulf, in November, expecting to be home on December 13th. Instead, Illustrious and her 650 crew spent three weeks delivering emergency aid supplies and repairing key services and broken infrastructure. After five months away the crew will enjoy a belated Christmas with their families.

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Fire tugs spray jets of water into the air as HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth Royal Navy base almost a month later than planned after being diverted to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan