The crew of a WA-based warship on deployment in the Middle East is melting hearts across the country with a Mother’s Day video tribute.
Put together by Able Seaman Ernesto Sanchez, 37, the video shows more than 60 sailors and officers aboard HMAS Toowoomba sending their love back home to the special women in their lives.
The video is filmed in various parts of the warship, with some of the crew holding up written messages and others showing photos of their girlfriends, wives and mothers.
Uploaded to YouTube on Monday, the touching four-and-a-half-minute montage is sure to attract thousands of views before Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Mr Sanchez said the crew wanted their loved ones to know they had thought about them every day since leaving for Operation Slipper in the Middle East.
“Happy Mothers Day to all the special women in our lives back home in Australia from the crew of HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East,” he said.
“We’ll be home soon and hope this video let’s you know that we’ve been thinking of you every day since we left at Christmas.
On his first deployment, Mr Sanchez decided to make the Mother’s Day video after a similar Valentine’s Day project received rave reviews from the crew.
“I just want to keep morale high and I like making movies. I know how our families back home love seeing pictures, news clippings and videos at work, so I thought this would be a good idea,” he said.
“For me personally, the passion started with a video for my aunt’s 60th birthday a few years ago and everybody loved it - it brought my family together. So I thought I might try and do one over here in my spare time.
“My shipmates onboard were very helpful and thankful for me for doing this.
“This is why I love the Navy, the big team working together to achieve a goal and also the camaraderie that pulls things together.”
HMAS Toowoomba will return home to Garden Island on June 14, after completing its mission in the Middle East later this month.