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Dazzling sight as Spey and Queen Mary 2 sail together

HMS Spey met up with cruiseliner Queen Mary 2 in the Pacific Ocean. Picture: LPhot Kevin Walton
21 February 2023
It was a moment neither those on board HMS Spey or on luxury cruise liner Queen Mary 2 expected – to sail side-by-side in the Pacific Ocean.

But that is what happened when offshore patrol ship Spey found herself sailing near the Cunard liner in the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend.

HMS Spey has been on patrol in the region having recently visited Cambodia and Vietnam and her commanding officer Commander Mike Proudman saw an opportunity to say hello to the 345m luxury cruise ship.

At 90m, the Royal Navy ship was dwarfed by Queen Mary 2 but her dazzle paint and ship’s company were a welcome sight for the passengers.

There was also a chance for the two ships to exchange gifts of their crests.

Cdr Proudman said: “It was a great chance to show the flag next to this iconic cruise ship and I give the passengers something different to remember their cruise by.”

It was a great chance to show the flag next to this iconic cruise ship and I give the passengers something different to remember their cruise by

Commander Mike Proudman

Captain Andrew Hall, master of Queen Mary 2 and formerly of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, added: “I have never seen so many passengers get up early on a Sunday to see a Royal Navy ship.”

After waving goodbye to Queen Mary 2, HMS Spey headed towards Thailand where she arrived in Sattahip.

She was warmly greeted by a ceremonial guard and music from the Royal Thai Navy band.

Cdr Proudman and the ship’s company will spend their time in Thailand hosting delegates on board and carrying out other visits and events.

Both the Royal Navy and Thai navy will share experiences and best practise to enhance ties between both nations.

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