HMS Sutherland draws the Queen to South Quay
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