Baby boy welcomes home commander


Families welcoming home the crew of HMS Sutherland at Devonport included the newborn son of the ship's commander.

It was the first time Cdr John Payne had met his son James, who was born during HMS Sutherland's four and a half months in the western Atlantic.

Cdr Payne's partner Heather Fraser and their two other sons were on the quayside with 300 family and friends.

The Plymouth-based ship and 200 crew have been on exercise practising anti-submarine warfare.

'Whole back row'

Cdr Payne said: "It's a fairly short deployment but a lot's happened since I've been away.

"I've got an addition the family, one more boy, so you could say I've got the whole back row now."

Ms Fraser said: "It's been a handful with the two boys and being pregnant but he's home so it's fantastic.

"He's probably a little bit out of practice at nappy changing though."

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