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HMS Severn takes on traditional role for new Lieutenant Governor

18 March 2016
HMS Severn has taken part in the formal succession of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Island of Guernsey and her Dependencies.

Vice Admiral Ian Corder Royal Navy CB, currently the UK’s Military Representative to NATO and the EU, was taken by the Royal Navy patol vessel to St Peter Port, Guernsey in preparation for the ceremony. 

The transportation of the new Lieutenant Governor to the island by the Royal Navy is a tradition dating back to the Second World War when the RN returned the exiled Governor after the island’s German occupation. 

To be part of an historic occasion such as this is certainly something very special indeed

Lt Joel Roberts

Sub Lieutenant Tom Luscombe, a Young Officer in the final part of his Specialist Fleet Time, said: “It was a proud moment being able to continue another of the Navy’s  many traditions and be able to help maintain our good relationship with the people of Guernsey. 

“The islanders were very welcoming.”

HMS Severn played a full part in the ceremony by providing a guard of honour and conducting full ceremonial honours and a ‘Cheer Ship’ as the Admiral stepped ashore for the first time.

Executive Officer, Lt Joel Roberts was in Temporary Command for the visit and said: “It has been a fantastic privilege and an honour to deliver Admiral Corder to Guernsey. 

“To be part of an historic occasion such as this is certainly something very special indeed and we are very proud to have been given the opportunity to play our part.”

HMS Severn, a Portsmouth-based ship, is now back at sea conducting fishery protection tasking on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation.

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