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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

Lieutenant Commander Kirsty Flegg hugs her two sons Jack, aged 6, and Toby, aged 4, following a deployment on HMS Defender on Friday in Glasgow, Scotland. HMS Defender is one of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers, and has returned to Glasgow where it was built for the first time since becoming a fully fledged member of the fleet and will be open to the public tomorrow.

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Lieutenant Commander Kirsty Flegg hugs her two sons, Jack, 6, and Toby, 4, on Friday, in Glasgow, Scotland, following her deployment on HMS Defender. The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer has returned to the city where it was built and will be open to the public on Saturday.