Queen Elizabeth II visits county to meet crew of a Royal Navy frigate she launched 24 years ago

Daily Echo: The Queen meets the crew of HMS Lancaster The Queen meets the crew of HMS Lancaster

THE Queen visited Hampshire today to meet the crew of a Royal Navy frigate she originally launched 24 years ago.

She was given a tour of HMS Lancaster, known as the ''Queen's Frigate'' while it was alongside at Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire.

The Queen officially launched the ship on May 24, 1990, and in her capacity as the Duke of Lancaster she is the ship's sponsor and most recently visited it in 2004 and again in 2006.

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Wearing a sky blue Karl Ludwig dress with a white Angela Kelly hat, she was greeted by the naval base commander Commodore Jeremy Rigby before  receiving a royal salute, while the national anthem was played.

She then inspected a guard of honour before she met members of the crew and their families at a reception.

Able seaman (AB) Andrew Warry, 19, from Portsmouth, said: ''I feel really privileged, it's nice to see it's getting noticed, that it's not just a job, it's a career and you feel a part of something.''

AB David Yates, 26, of Falkirk, Scotland, said the Queen asked him about his role as a warfare specialist on board HMS Lancaster. He said: ''I told her we were responsible for maritime security and radar collision.

''It's good to see the sponsor of the ship, it keeps morale high, it's good publicity for the Royal Navy.''

The Queen was then piped on board the ship and attended a private luncheon where she met a selection of the crew before she posed for a group photo with the ship's company before disembarking.

Commander Peter Laughton, the ship's commanding officer, said: ''We are honoured with a visit from our Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen, who launched the ship in 1990. It provides us with an excellent opportunity to update Her Majesty on HMS Lancaster's recent activities including our successful counter-narcotics deployment in the North Atlantic and Caribbean.

''Throughout this, Lancaster remained poised to respond to any natural disaster and ready to provide life saving support. I am extremely proud of my ship's company who worked tirelessly over a seven month period on the front line of naval operations and ultimately protecting our nation's interests.''

From May to December 2013, HMS Lancaster clocked up more than 30,000 miles in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, making a total of 20 port visits.

During the deployment, Lancaster was involved in six drugs busts seizing drugs, including 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and nearly 1.5 tonnes of cannabis, that would be worth £160 million on the streets of the UK.

Lancaster also detained 23 drug-runners and disrupted a sizeable amount of drugs which were ditched into the sea.

Lancaster's weapon engineer officer Lieutenant Commander Adrian Gubby said: ''Lancaster has the privilege of being The Queen's frigate. Seven months was a long time to be away from friends and family, however the success of the deployment made the time away worth it.''

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12:12am Wed 21 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Brilliant. Long live the Queen.
Brilliant. Long live the Queen. BeyondImagination
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9:15am Wed 21 May 14

Major Ray Cist says...

Here we go again, no respect shown ! When will people realise that this poor woman has had to suffer enough in her reign with death, terrorism, divorce, adultery and war, could we not have shown her another part of Hampshire ? Lymigton, Romsey, Winchester, anywhere with a bowls club ?

Why take her to Portsmouth, last time I went was to say goodbye to my good friend and fellow boarder Bunny Kingdom we were roughed up by two matadors and taken up the back alley. We then were thrown out of our B&B for daring to complain that there was no flushing toilet by a woman with a ships anchor tattoo on her arm ! I bet its still as ghastly and probably now full of foreigners.
Here we go again, no respect shown ! When will people realise that this poor woman has had to suffer enough in her reign with death, terrorism, divorce, adultery and war, could we not have shown her another part of Hampshire ? Lymigton, Romsey, Winchester, anywhere with a bowls club ? Why take her to Portsmouth, last time I went was to say goodbye to my good friend and fellow boarder Bunny Kingdom we were roughed up by two matadors and taken up the back alley. We then were thrown out of our B&B for daring to complain that there was no flushing toilet by a woman with a ships anchor tattoo on her arm ! I bet its still as ghastly and probably now full of foreigners. Major Ray Cist
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