Sailors send Christmas messages home to Tredegar and Tenby

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Media captionAndrew John sends his Christmas message to his family in Tenby

While their families tuck into their turkey dinners this Christmas, Royal Navy sailors Sarah Jenkins and Andrew John will be thousands of miles away.

The pair will be on operation with HMS Kent in the heat of the Gulf - one of eight of the force's ships deployed to the region over the festive period.

Their Christmas lunch will be with colleagues on board the Type 23 Frigate.

But their families will be very much in their minds on 25 December.

And they have sent home seasonal messages.

Leading Engineering Technician John, from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, who joined the Navy in June 2003, said: "Kimberley, Rhys and Mollie sorry I can't be home for Christmas this year I hope that you have a cracking day and that Santa brings you everything you want.

"Don't forget to let him know where I am, so my presents don't get lost."

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Media captionChristmas celebrations in Wales are on hold for Petty Officer Sarah Jenkins

Petty Officer Jenkins, from Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, is the satellite communications maintainer on board.

She also captains the Royal Navy's women's rugby team.

Her message said: "I would like to wish my amazing family a great Christmas and a happy new year.

"I wish I was with you celebrating but unfortunately I can't, so we will have Christmas part two in May when I return.

"I miss you all loads and love to all my friends and family at this special time of year."

Over the festive period HMS Kent will provide support to operations and maritime security in the Gulf region and Indian Ocean.

The ship is usually based at Portsmouth in Hampshire but will remain overseas until its return in May.

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