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Summer Sabin (Left) spots her father on HMS Defender with her mum Sarah Sabin as HMS Defender returns home to Portsmouth.

A ROYAL Navy Destroyer was deployed to Scottish waters at short notice prior to Christmas in order to intercept and escort a number of Russian warships during their passage past the coast of the UK.

HMS Defender, one of the UK’s newest and most powerful T45 Destroyers, began her 700 mile journey from Portsmouth to the North East of Scotland on 19th December in her role as Fleet Ready Escort. Trained and prepared as the Royal Navy’s high readiness warship, Defender was standing by over the Christmas and New Year period to respond to a wide range of short notice tasking, from search and rescue duties to maritime security patrols such as this.

Defender patrolled home waters in high sea states and storm force winds to welcome the Russian task group which comprised of 6 vessels, including a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier.  Due to bad weather the Russian fleet anchored in the Moray Firth before heading down the East coast of the UK. As a sign of the friendship between the 2 navies, good will messages were exchanged between the Royal Navy and Russian ships on New Year’s Eve.

Support for Parents & Children

Sources of support for parents and children during deployment

RNRM Welfare

Support and information for serving people, their families and friends.

+44(0)2392 728777

Aggie’s Storybook Waves

Helps members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines maintain the link with their children by recording a bedtime story for them to listen to when a parent is serving away from home. Click here to find out more.

Military Kids’ Club Heroes (formerly HMS Heroes)

A national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. A tri-Service network of after-school clubs, MKC Heroes brings together members of Service families aged between 3 and 18 years old from all over the country. Click here to find out more.

Little Troopers

A registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. Resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart. Click here to find out more.

Huggable Heroes

Personalised Huggable Heroes, perfect for cuddles when loved ones are not at home. Click here to find out more.

NSPCC

Charity championing child protection. Useful resources and guidance for keeping children safe, to give the primary caregiver during deployment confidence in their choices.  Their ‘Home Alone’ guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  Their ‘Out Alone’ guide provides advice and practical tips to parents on judging if a child is ready to be out on their own and how to prepare them for different situations such as walking to and from school by themselves, attending sports or holiday clubs, or going out to play with friends.

Click here and search ‘home alone’ or ‘out alone’ to download free copies.

Gingerbread

Expert advice, practical support and campaigning for single parents.

Helpline 0808 802 0925

For their website, please click here.

Young Minds

UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Helpline and information for parents concerned about a child or young person.

Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 or email parents@youngminds.org.uk

Find out more here.

Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus)

Advice and support for parents.

24 hour helpline 0808 800 2222

Please click here to find out more.