H.M.S.MANXMAN returned to Singapore Naval Base from patrols as guardship of Sebatik Island, off Sabah,?
H.M.S.MANXMAN returned to Singapore Naval Base from patrols as guardship of Sebatik Island, off Sabah, where she has been engaged in operations against the Indonesians.
In her forward funnel was Father Christmas to the delight of all the wives and children of her ship's company. A choir was singing on the gun deck with the ship's chaplain (the Rev. Noel Jones, R.N.) playing the ship's organ. Pirates and Wise Men made an unusual sight among the ship's company as they lined the deck for a Christmas return in the Far East. Even the weather was like England with rain of the North East Monsoon failing to dampen the spirits of sailors who will spend Christmas at home in Singapore with their wives and families.
Finally, when the ship was secured alongside H.M.S.MULL OF KINTYRE, Father Christmas followed the ship's postman and dog ashore and there were presents all round for the children.
The fathers are now having to explain how Father Christmas managed to join the ship at sea and appear sticking out of a funnel of one of H.M. Ships.