Five-year-old Isabelle wept for joy as she was back in the arms of her dad
Five-year-old Isabelle Jeffrey wept tears of joy when she leaped into the arms of Petty Officer Adam Jeffrey, 35, on the dockside.
She stood patiently with mother Luisa and brother Dominic, four, among the crowds of friends and family for the long-awaited return.
Mrs Jeffrey, 34, of Worthing, Sussex, said: “I’m very proud because it’s his first deployment as a petty officer.
Petty Officer Adam Jeffrey was returning after a six month deployment on HMS Ocean
“I’m relieved for my children that their dad is home. Now he can watch them grow up.”
I’m very proud because it’s his first deployment as a petty officer
The emotional reunion took place to the backdrop of rousing music from a Royal Marines band and the cheers of more than one thousand banner-waving family and friends.
Also thrilled to see her loved ones after so long away was Medical Assistant Jordan Ayton from the Isle of Wight who could contain her delight, throwing her arms open with both thumbs up.
Crowds of hundreds rose early yesterday morning to watch on as HMS Ocean docked back in Devonport, Plymouth.
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‘I’m relieved for my children that their dad is home,’ says Mrs Jeffrey
The Royal Navy’s largest vessel – which weighs a staggering 21,500 tonnes – had racked up more than 23,000 miles, visiting 11 countries during an overseas placement in the Gulf region and the Suez Canal.
The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship also served as the Task Force command ship in the Gulf.
Captain Rob Pedre, Ocean’s Commanding Officer, said he was honoured to bring HMS Ocean home after a ‘hugely successful’ deployment in the Middle East. He said the good humour, professionalism and dedication of the ship’s company had made him proud.