Naval Families Federation – October’s Newsletter

HMS ASTUTE homecoming Happy Homecoming for HMS Astute The first of Class in the Royal Navy’s most advanced fleet of attack submarines, HMS Astute, returned to HMNB Clyde today (Tuesday, October 7) after spending eight months at sea on her first operational deployment. The submarine’s Lady Sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay (The Duchess of Cornwall), joined senior naval officers and over 150 friends and family to welcome her return at a special ceremony at Faslane. The Duchess, who attended the boat’s commissioning ceremony at Faslane on 27 August, 2010, has always taken a keen interest in the endeavours of both the boat and her Ship’s Company, leading up to this inaugural operation. After spending a short time on board the submarine and attending the reception at the Super Mess, The Duchess said: “I am pleased to see everyone back in one piece. I believe there is a lot of making up to do with wives, sons and brothers. I am proud to be Sponsor of HMS Astute and wish everyone every success in the future.” The Commanding Officer of the submarine, Commander Gareth Jenkins, said: “It was a tremendous honour for my Ship’s Company and me to be welcomed home by Her Royal Highness. It made what was already an auspicious occasion even more special. As Lady Sponsor, The Duchess is very popular with the crew and I know the time she spent chatting with their families was hugely appreciated.” He continued: “This deployment has been a huge success for HMS Astute. The submarine has travelled more than 27,000 miles and operated with our regional partners in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The Ship’s Company has been outstanding and I am pleased that so many of their families are here today to welcome them back to the home of the Submarine Service.” consent forms signed

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