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HMS Suther­land draws the Queen to South Quay

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The Queen vis­ited HMS Suther­land at West In­dia Docks on Mon­day, greeted by Com­man­der An­drew Canale. Her Majesty met crew mem­bers be­fore en­joy­ing a tour of the Type 23 frigate and a lunch of salmon and chicken on board.

Fire­man EMT Stan­ley Money was one of four fire­fight­ers to greet her on deck.

“I was quite ner­vous as this is the first time I’ve met her”, he said.

“She’s a lot shorter than I thought she’d be.”

Also on board was a Wild­cat heli­copter from RNAS Yeovil­ton, an air­craft that usu­ally joins HMS Suther­land when she is on de­ploy­ment. One of the en­gi­neers that looks af­ter the chop­per, petty of­fi­cer Colin Wil­son was tasked with in­tro­duc­ing his charge to the Queen. “Her Majesty’s such a nat­u­ral hu­man be­ing,” he said. “She asked us about the ca­pa­bil­ity of the heli­copter and our skip­per said we had just been to the Caribbean to de­liver hu­man­i­tar­ian aid af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma. “For a 91-year-old the Queen is amaz­ing. My mum couldn’t do what she does and she’s 70 odd.” This year HMS Suther­land is cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of her com­mis­sion­ing and has spent much of the past 12 months pa­trolling the seas around the UK on high alert. The war­ship left West In­dia Docks on Tues­day for an un­known des­ti­na­tion.

All hands on deck... crew salutes the Queen

Her Majesty checks out the Wild­cat heli­copter

Fire­man Stan­ley (with of­fi­cer’s hand on shoul­der) meets the Queen

The Queen meets the crew

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