The Duchess of Rothesay (as the The Duchess of Cornwall is styled in Scotland) will join senior naval officers to greet the return of the Navy’s most advanced attack submarine, HMS Astute. The HMS Astute completes her maiden deployment on Tuesday, 7th October at a special ceremony at HM Naval Base Clyde.
As Lady Sponsor of HMS Astute, The Duchess named the nuclear-powered submarine on 8th June 2007, in front of more than 10,000 people at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and became the first member of the Royal Family to step on board.
HMS Astute was the first submarine to be built in the United Kingdom since HMS Vengeance, which was built in 1998.
Weighing in at a massive 7,400 tonnes, the Astute is more powerful than any previous attack submarine.
In 2010, Camilla was the guest of honour at HMS Astute commissioning ceremony at Faslane.
In her speech during the ceremony, The Duchess commented:
“It is an enormous privilege for me to be here this afternoon, on this very special occasion, as sponsor of this magnificent vessel. I would like to take this opportunity to say how very proud I am of all that you have achieved since I last saw you in Barrow-in-Furness. I have no doubt that the sea trials were extremely demanding but, as ever, you rose to the challenge – working tirelessly to make sure they were a success – and performing admirably in what must have been unfamiliar and very testing conditions.You are, if I may say, a great credit to the Royal Navy and to this country.”
Attending the ceremony on Tuesday will be the Royal Marine Band Scotland providing musical accompaniment.