A charity calendar has brought together a touching collection of pictures showing some special 'Military Moments' between children and their British Armed Forces parents.
Put together by the charity Little Troopers, it is hoped the calendar will raise money to support the 120,000 children who have a parent currently serving.
The picture above shows Lucy (aged six at the time) meeting her Dad, Staff Sergeant Martin Smith, off the plane at RAF Akrotiri after returning from a deployment to Northern Iraq.
Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers said:
“This is the charity’s sixth calendar, the pictures show many of the emotions experienced by a military family and some very cute babies showing their pride for their Mum or Dad’s work.
"We are lucky to share some very special moments with our beneficiary families through these images; it is a great privilege.”
Little Troopers aims to help maintain the family bond through events, resources and initiatives such as its new app Little Troopers Treasures.
The app allows serving personnel to choose a book for their child and record themselves reading the story, which synchronises to the pages turning.
Little Troopers Treasures is free to use and children can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.
Parents serving in the Forces can be away from home for up to nine months of the year, with many children experiencing repeated and sometimes concurrent periods of separation.
Access to communication can vary and often be sporadic, with Skype and video calls not always reliable.
Louise Fetigan, who founded the charity, served in the British Army and is married to a soldier.