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HMS Ocean sails home in time for Christmas

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Ship's Captain Andrew Betton is greeted by his 5-year-old son George as HMS Ocean returns to Plymouth on Dec. 9, 2011 in Plymouth, England. HMS Ocean left Plymouth in April for a seven-week training exercise, but was diverted to Libya to support the UN air mission launching Britain's first seaborne Apache raid, destroying pro-Gaddafi military vehicles, installations and communications equipment during the uprising. Whilst at sea, some of the crew of the Royal Navy warship made a Christmas video using the Mariah Carey song "All I Want for Christmas Is You," to celebrate their homecoming, which has had over 1 million hits online.

Captain Betton's son certainly seems pleased to see his dad. The HMS Ocean was unexpectedly diverted to Libya earlier this year; as the viral video below shows, they were able to have some fun on their mission.

The Daily Mail has a story and more photos.