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article imageSoldiers 'All I Want for Christmas' video becomes viral hit

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 6, 2011 in Odd News
British sailors returning from deployment showed their Christmas spirit in a video posted on YouTube where, and with the help of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas," the men and women aboard the HMS Ocean spread their holiday cheer around the world.
After 225 days away from their homes and loved ones, that was initially planned as a 7-week multi-national exercise at sea, the sailors aboard the HMS Ocean have released a Christmas DVD to celebrate their return to the United Kingdom.
The DVD features the ship's crew singing the Mariah Carey holiday hit, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," released by the Grammy Award winning singer on her 1994 album "Merry Christmas."
Carey was so thrilled by the video, which has been seen on Good Morning America, that she tweeted a message to the Royal Navy that said: “This is the best thing I've ever seen, you guys just made my day! Happy Happy Christmas!!! x0x0 to the troops.”
The video was posted on YouTube by TwoSix.tv, the Internal Communications channel for the Naval Services. It has received thousands of views in just a few days, and is gaining viral status on the Internet after it was featured by the morning news show.
The HMS Ocean is scheduled to return to port on Dec. 9. The ship carries 400 soldiers and has traveled over 40,000 miles during its seven month mission to support NATO during the war in Libya.
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