Laura left all at sea after her boyfriend pops the question
An Old Kilpatrick mum was swept off her feet when her boyfriend proposed to her after spending eight months at sea.
Laura Campbell, 32, was standing on the quayside at HMNB Clyde holding the couple’s baby Ava when Petty Officer MarkTitman got down on one knee .
He was joined on the deck of HMS Penzance by his crew mates, who held a banner asking ‘will you marry me’?
Petty OfficerTitman put a ring on her finger and presented her with a bouquet of flowers after disembarking from the minehunter, which has spent the last three years at sea.
Mark said:“My daughter, Ava, was born just prior to the deployment and was just four-weeks-old when I left.
“I am proud to be able to do my job and even more proud the way that my partner Laura has coped in bringing up our daughter.
“It leaves me in no doubt whatsoever that she is definitely the perfect woman for me!”
Commodore Jim Perks, Commodore of the Faslane Flotilla, said: “The crew’s eight-month deployment is a significant achievement, not just for the 40 men and women at sea, but also for their families and friends who have supported them so well and missed them so much.
“It is not often a crew has the opportunity to bring their ship home as these vessels are worked hard and spend over three years forward-deployed to the Middle East and the Gulf as part of the UK’s presence East of Suez. It is a special moment to see Penzance return and a proud moment for Crew 1.
“Their operational tasks have taken them from the Gulf to the Arabian Sea and to the Eastern Mediterranean and they have performed exceptionally well throughout. It’s a job really well done, and now it is time to be with their families.”
Happy day Laura Campbell and Petty Officer Mark Titman