Alfreton sailor helping in typhoon aftermath

Home town story for AB(CIS) Andrew Liston''Sonny, as he is usually known, had been playing his part in the 2500 personnel strong Cougar 13 task group as a Weapons Engineer onboard HMS Illustrious, the UK's last remaining Invincible class aircraft-carrier. Sonny explained: 'As a Communication Information Specialist, I work with secret equipment and data, maintaining the Ship's communication circuits to ensure that we are to collect all the information we require.''HMS Illustrious had been conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; however she is now en route to the Philippines. She is expected to arrive by 25 November.''HMS Illustrious has been tasked to assist with the humanitarian effort following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.'The Portsmouth based amphibious helicopter carrier had been on anti-piracy duties in the area around Horn of Africa. The 4500 mile voyage to the Philippines is expected to take around ten days. HMS Illustrious will relieve Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS

Home town story for AB(CIS) Andrew Liston''Sonny, as he is usually known, had been playing his part in the 2500 personnel strong Cougar 13 task group as a Weapons Engineer onboard HMS Illustrious, the UK's last remaining Invincible class aircraft-carrier. Sonny explained: 'As a Communication Information Specialist, I work with secret equipment and data, maintaining the Ship's communication circuits to ensure that we are to collect all the information we require.''HMS Illustrious had been conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; however she is now en route to the Philippines. She is expected to arrive by 25 November.''HMS Illustrious has been tasked to assist with the humanitarian effort following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.'The Portsmouth based amphibious helicopter carrier had been on anti-piracy duties in the area around Horn of Africa. The 4500 mile voyage to the Philippines is expected to take around ten days. HMS Illustrious will relieve Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS

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A sailor from Alfreton has been deployed to help the victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster.

Able Seaman Andrew Liston (25), has been deployed to South East Asia with the Royal Navy, as HMS Illustrious assists with the international relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.

Known by his pals as ‘Sonny’, he is playing his part in the 2,500 personnel-strong Cougar 13 task group as a Weapons Engineer on board HMS Illustrious, the UK’s last remaining Invincible class aircraft-carrier.

He explained: “As a communication information specialist, I work with secret equipment and data, maintaining the ship’s communication circuits to ensure that we are to collect all the information we require.”

HMS Illustrious had been conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa; however she is now en route to the Philippines.

Sonny attended Tupton Hall School and joined the Royal Navy in June 2012, completing his initial training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.

He was inspired to join the Armed Forces by his grandfather, who served in the Army during World War II.

Given his expertise in communications, Sonny will likely be asked to play a key role in the upcoming relief effort.

Sonny said: “The ship’s company has been moved by the images of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

“We are eager to help relieve suffering as part of this international effort; operations such as this are exactly why people join the Royal Navy.

I know that my family is incredibly proud of what I am about to do.”

HMS Illustrious is currently part of Operation Patwin; the Government’s action to support the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. The United Kingdom has committed £50 million worth of aid.