A Birmingham mother whose Blues fan daughter is on a Navy warship heading for Lebanon described the 21-year-old as a "professional" who would do a "great job".
Last week Pauline Read's daughter Lizz had been due to return to the UK from a training exercise on board HMS Illustrious in Gibraltar.
However, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier was given orders to head for the Middle East along with HMS Bulwark to "make ready" for operations following the Israeli air strikes. They are to be put on standby to help evacuate British nationals from Lebanon.
Ms Read, from Rubery, said she had been concerned after hearing the news but had every faith in her daughter's training.
"It worries me when ever she is away but they are professional people," said the 55-year-old, adding that her daughter hoped to be home in time for the Blues first game on August 5.