Naval families welcome HMS Dragon home

Family members from HMS Dragon cheer on with the welcome home banner

HMS Dragon returns home after eight months at sea to be welcomed by their families with a giant banner especially created for the homecoming. It’s part of a larger community project to support the new HMS-Hear My Story exhibition opening next year at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The welcome home banner has been designed and created by the families of HMS Dragon who worked with a professional artist over two days at the Museum. This 3m banner is part of a collaborative project which includes a film made by the families of those on board. The aim of the project is to show the realities of how families and sailors feel when they have been sent on a deployment. The banner will then be put on display alongside the film in the new HMS –Hear My Story exhibition.

Executive Warrant Officer, Dai Charles from HMS Dragon said “The ship’s company of HMS Dragon was asked by Second Sea Lord if the ship would be willing to participate in a project that showed how families coped with separation while we were deployed. I was convinced the idea would not only be achievable, but an example to the civilian population that it not only takes a professional and dedicated ship’s company to go to sea, but they must have the family support at home so as to keep their minds focused on the job at hand.”

“For the Hear My Story project, all the families of HMS Dragon shared their experiences of the Royal Navy”

Deborah Hodson, Learning Manager at the National Museum of the Royal Navy said, “It's been a real pleasure to get to know the Dragon families whilst their loved ones have been away from home. We were all really excited to see the ship's reaction to the 'welcome home' banner”

HMS – Hear My Story is a new major exhibition that will give voice to the stories of the men, women and ships which have made the Navy’s history over the last 100 years and impacted on all our lives.  HMS will bring visitors closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy as their heritage is brought together for the first time. Through cutting edge interpretation, visitors can see and hear the stories of the Navy in war and in peace. 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is open every day. Click here for more information about HMS-Hear My Story

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