It was a sign of military might this week when HMNB Clyde joined together - in song.

Military and civilian staff alike gathered in St Mungo's church on December 7 to share carols as well as collecting for charity.

Once armed with hot drink and mince pies, the carol service was led by the chaplaincy team complete with Christmas jumpers and Santa hats.

The Neptune Volunteer Band led the crowd from "O come all ye faithful" through a collection of songs.

There were readings and prayers, too, from the team and base personnel, ending with a rendition of Jingle Bells before a prize for best jumper.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Some of the donations collected for the local charitiesSome of the donations collected for the local charities (Image: MOD)

Staff also brought along donations for the One Clyde Christmas Appeal, which is supporting a number of local charities.

The church was filled with boxes of biscuits, sweets, toys and much more for delivery to HomeStart Lomond, Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank and Helensburgh Community Hub.

Yvonne Gilfillan, who organised the appeal, said: “So many people across the globe are struggling financially and emotionally just now.

"Christmas can bring particular pressures and exacerbate unpleasant living, housing, economic or health situations.

“With a desire to help bring some comfort wherever possible, the HMNB One Clyde Community came together, to donate much-needed food, personal hygiene products, baby products, children’s pyjamas, toys, books and selection boxes to three local organisations.”

Helensburgh Advertiser: Staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers.Staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers. (Image: MOD)

On top of the donations, another £300 was raised for Save the Children through donations for wearing Christmas jumpers to work.

Yvonne added: “I am very grateful and proud to be part of the HMNB One Clyde Community who collaboratively and cohesively make a difference in the lives of those we work with, their families and within our local community. Merry Christmas one and all.”