Jordan’s taste of home

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A TOWN sailor enjoyed a brief glimpse of home when taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior off the Arbroath coast earlier this month.

Jordan Webster (22) is currently on board HMS Illustrious with 1,400 other crew members who were taking part in the exercise centred around Barry Buddon.

And with HMS Illustrious being able to come within six miles of Arbroath, Jordan could see his hometown and even pointed out some of the area’s most important landmarks to his shipmates who had gathered on the landing deck.

These included Arbroath Abbey and Gayfield along with Jordan’s old primary school Hayshead.

HMS Illustrious is a 55,000 ton ex-aircraft carrier and is now a helicopter ship.

And Jordan’s dad, Sye Webster, went out to watch the ship pass by the town and was delighted to see it.

He said: “I went out to watch it on the Friday and Saturday but because of the size of it, it can’t come in any closer than six miles so it was moving between there and the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

“It was moved to join up with the rest of the task force on the Monday.

“Jordan said when the ship came in at its closet to the coast on the Friday he had all his shipmates on the landing deck and was pointing out his old primary school, Hayshead and also Arbroath Abbey, Gayfield Park and the harbour.

“He was also telling them about The Declaration of Arbroath, Arbroath Smokies and the 36-0 world record score.”

This annual military exercise will see nine NATO partners cooperating in a complex and evolving simulated campaign off the Scottish coast.

It is due to run until the end of this month.