Laura left all at sea af­ter her boyfriend pops the ques­tion

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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

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