HMS Montrose, a Devonport-based ship, arrived spick and span from a recent period of maintenance to meet the Leander west of Cowes and accompanied her for the prestigious sailpast.
Her ship’s company then paid their respects to Her Majesty in traditional Naval fashion – donning their best uniforms, lining the upper deck and giving the three cheers. At the same time a 12-man honour guard was paraded on the upper deck.
As she sailed past the Leander the three cheers rang out across the water while the Royal Party prepared to sail into Cowes harbour.
Commander James Parkin, Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose said
he was absolutely delighted to have the honour to undertake such a task.
“The opportunity to show off the ship and her crew at such a high profile event is rare and we all feel as if we have now been an active part of the celebrations,” he said. “My sailors were extremely proud to be able to honour their Commander-in-Chief in such a unique manner.”
Naval Today Staff, July 26, 2012; Image: Royal Navy