Sailors aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond have made it home in time for Christmas.

The Type 45 destroyer has been at sea for six months, but on Friday, the sailors were reunited with their loved ones at in Portsmouth.

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One sailor proposed to his girlfriend after six months at sea

They have sailed more than 31,000 miles on security and counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf since leaving Portsmouth.

It was the ship's maiden voyage, leaving the port after launching the nation's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

During the deployment, Diamond transited the Suez Canal before taking over from sister ship HMS Daring.

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The happy couple are reunited

The ship then spent the following five months as part of the Combined Task Force, a 27-nation partnership promoting security in the area.

Petty Officer from the ship David Turner said: "It has been a busy few months but working with the other navies has been enjoyable, as have all the fascinating places we have visited.

"Although what we have achieved has been immensely rewarding, after six months away it is good to know that we are back in time to be reunited with our loved ones for Christmas."

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A sailor meets his son for the first time

Commodore Michael Cochrane, commander Portsmouth flotilla, said: "We welcome Diamond back after what has been an exciting and high-profile deployment for the ship's company, whose work has seen them entering new fields of interest for the air defence community.

"I am sure they will enjoy their well-earned period of leave."

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The servicemen and women have been reunited with their loved-ones in time for Christmas

Commander Ian Clarke, Diamond's commanding officer, said: "We have achieved a tremendous amount this deployment and I pay tribute to my fantastic ship's company."

As well as time at sea in the region, Diamond has visited Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Gibraltar, Crete, Athens and Barcelona.

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    A female sailor gets emotional as HMS Diamond returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

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    Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician George Halsall proposes to his girlfriend Emma Davies 21, after returning home for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician George Halsall proposes to his girlfriend Emma Davies 21, after returning home for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician George Halsall proposes to his girlfriend Emma Davies 21, after returning home for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician George Halsall proposes to his girlfriend Emma Davies 21, after returning home for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    The Captain of HMS Diamond, Commander Ian Clarke, with daughters Rebecca, three, and Emilia, 22 months after returning home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    HMS Diamond returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    HMS Diamond returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

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    Sailors line the deck as HMS Diamond returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

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    Joanne Clarke, the heavily pregnant wife of the Captain of HMS Diamond, Commander Ian Clarke, waits for his ship to come alongside as he returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    The Captain of HMS Diamond, Commander Ian Clarke, waves to his family from the bridge as the ship returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.

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    Lieutenant Commander Sven Johansen is kissed by his children Katie, eight, and James, five, after returning home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond.

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    Lieutenant Gareth Fowler kisses his four week old daughter Emmeline after returning home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas aboard HMS Diamond.

  • HMS Diamond homecoming

    Sailors get emotional as HMS Diamond returns home to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base for Christmas.