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Posted on Friday 16th December

The submarine HMS Turbulent was welcomed home by members of the very popular Military Wives Choir when she returned to Plymouth on Wednesday, 14 December after spending 267 days away on deployment.

The submarine, with about 130 sailors on board, patrolled off the coast of Libya and assisted in enforcing the embargo on Libyan shipping movements. She is the last unit from Operation Ellamy (the UK's contribution to action in Libya) to return home.

The visit was organized as a seasonal treat for the hard work of the soldiers during the long deployment and was kept secret from the sailors, in particular from Leading Engineering Technician Tim Forth whose wife Victoria is a member of the now famous choir. Turbulent's operations room became an instant temporary concert hall when the choir gave a rendition of its hit Wherever You Are.

HMS Turbulent's Commanding Officer Commander Ryan Ramsey summed up the ten months away:

'We are only one of many Devonport-based submarines who have done incredible things this year on behalf of the Royal Navy.
I am rightly proud of my team who have always delivered despite every challenge, but more importantly I am thankful to our friends and families, many of whom live in the Plymouth area. We couldn't do what we need to do without their support.
We're glad to be back in Plymouth.'

The Military Wives Choir are tipped to be Christmas Number One with Wherever You Are with proceeds from record sales going to RBL and SSAFA Forces Help.

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