On Friday 20th August families of those serving on HMS Spey were invited to come aboard the ship for one of the first families days in the UK since before the COVID pandemic.
The RNRMC recognises the morale boosting value of families days to those serving and their loved ones and the Charity have funded many events over the years. On this occasion, an RNRMC grant provided the catering, children’s entertainment and marquee hire to HMS Spey.
HMS Spey’s Navigating Officer, Lt Mike Royle, said:
“Today was a great opportunity to show my family around my ship – the only time we’ll be able to hold this sort of function during the next few years due to the nature of our deployment. My father-in-law is a former Royal Navy Marine Engineer Officer and he really enjoyed visiting to catch up on the latest technology, although my son, who is 11 months old, just wanted to sit in the captain’s chair and push buttons! It was brilliant to see supporting organisations attending the event as well – it’s really important to ensure our families have a support network accessible to them whilst we’re away on the other side of the world and we appreciate the effort they expended to make this event a success.”