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"It's the best job I've ever had!"

Saturday 15 April 2023

"It's the best job I've ever had!"

Saturday 15 April 2023

As Guernsey Harbours recruits seasonal attendants, the Commanding Officer of a Royal Navy patrol vessel has said that was the best job he has ever had.

Lt William De La Mare is Commanding Officer of HMS Puncher a small vessel which has recently been on missions supporting the response to handing migrant crossings.

He has also taken his five strong crew to the Arctic Circle for mutli-national training sessions with NATO allies.


Pictured: Lt William De La Mare during his Arctic mission aboard HMS Puncher wearing his Guernsey.

Lt De La Mare will be leaving HMS Puncher this Spring to take on a new post as Commanding Officer of HMS Somerset, a Type 23 Frigate.

That 133m long vessel has recently been involved in searching for submarines as part of the protection of an allied task group. 

Despite achieving his career ambitions so far, and hoping to one day be captain of an aircraft carrier, Lt De La Mare said that he has fond memories of working at St Peter Port and Beaucette Marinas while employed by Guernsey Harbours as a "summer temp".

"It's the best job I ever had," he said - encouraging anyone who is interested to apply.

Lt De La Mare is due to bring HMS Puncher into Guernsey waters in May as part of a week long visit for the King's Coronation and Liberation Day.

While berthed in St Peter Port Harbour, Lt De La Mare will 'tap off' and disembark his ship, so the new Commanding Officer can take over and sail her back to the UK.

"It will be really interesting to come back into the marina in my own boat and to see everyone at home," he said.


Navy visit planned for 4-day Bank Holiday weekend 

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