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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 April 2007, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
In pictures: Navy crew returns

Leading Seaman Faye Turney in Iran

Leading Seaman Faye Turney and her Royal Navy colleagues celebrated in Iran after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced they would be released as a "gift".

The Royal Navy crew of 15

The 15 service personnel from HMS Cornwall were seized on 23 March in the northern Gulf after the Iranians accused them of straying into their waters.

The crew looking at bags of gifts

Members of the freed British crew were given presents by the Iranians. Lieutenant Felix Carman said he hoped the incident would help "build the relationship" between Iran and Britain.

British Airways jet carrying the crew to Heathrow

The 14 men and one woman arrived home on a British Airways flight at the VIP section near Heathrow's Terminal Four just after 1200 BST on Thursday.

The crew disembarking

Defence Secretary Des Browne said the crew showed "immense courage and dignity" during their 13-day ordeal.

Leading Seaman Faye Turney with Operator Maintainer Simon Massey

Leading Seaman Turney and Operator Maintainer Simon Massey shared a joke as they posed for photographs at Heathrow.

Leading Seaman Faye Turney

Iranian state television featured a short interview with Plymouth-based Leading Seaman Turney, 26, who said there was "no bad feeling at all towards Iran".

The 15 Royal Navy crew members

After arriving back in the UK, the crew members were taken in helicopters to a Royal Marines base in Devon where they were reunited with their families.

The Royal Navy crew at Heathrow

A spokesman for the Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, where HMS Cornwall is based, said the crew's debrief on their return would last for "hours, not days".

Leading Seaman Christopher Coe

The father of Leading Seaman Christopher Coe, 31, said the family was "over the moon" at his release.

The crew and their families

The sailors and marines were finally reunited with their families at the Royal Marines Base at Chivenor, north Devon, on Thursday afternoon.






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