Camilla welcomes HMS Astute back home at Faslane

Lt Cdr Rory McEwan greets his delighted family after spending the last eight months on board HMS Astute
Lt Cdr Rory McEwan greets his delighted family after spending the last eight months on board HMS Astute

HMS Astute, hailed as the Royal Navy’s most advanced submarine, returned to Faslane today after eight months at sea on her first operational deployment.

The submarine’s sponsor, the Duchess of Rothesay, joined over 150 friends and family to welcome her return at a special ceremony.

Camilla, who attended the boat’s commissioning ceremony in 2010, is said to have always taken a keen interest in the endeavours of both the boat and her crew.

She said: “I am so pleased to see everyone back in one piece. I believe there is a lot of catching up to do with wives, sons and brothers.

“I am proud to be the Sponsor of HMS Astute and wish all on board every success in the future.”

The submarine’s commanding officer, Commander Gareth Jenkins, said: “It was a tremendous honour for my ship’s company and me to be welcomed home by Her Royal Highness.

“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.”