ots- Cdre Doyle and Cdre Baum

A senior Royal Navy officer is returning to his roots to become the new regional commander for northern England and the Isle of Man.

Commodore Gary Doyle, 55 and a Scouser, has just moved to the Naval Regional Headquarters in Liverpool to take up his new post.

He takes over from Commodore Dickie Baum who was in the role for 5 years.

The appointment represents the icing on the cake of a hugely successful career to date for Commodore Doyle which has included operational service in nine Royal Navy warships. Of these, he was Commanding Officer of two; HMS Brocklesby, the Mine Countermeasures Vessel, and air defence destroyer HMS Southampton, during Operation Oracle which was the UK’s response to the 9/11 attacks.

The Royal Navy has a long standing tradition of a close relationship with the North of England and continues to do so today. Maintaining these key associations and developing the understanding of the Royal Navy within the region is the principal objective of Commodore Doyle who is now responsible for promoting awareness of the Royal Navy in the region.

He said: “It is a real privilege to return to my home City and to be tasked with reinforcing the spirit of the Royal Navy throughout the North of England and the Isle of Man. We, along with our Merchant Navy colleagues with whom our history and traditions are so closely entwined, are organisations which deliver such an important contribution to the security and prosperity of our island nation; it is crucial to our ongoing missions that the public is aware of what we do and how we do it.”

Summarising his career in the Royal Navy to date, Cdre Doyle added: “I have travelled all over the world with the Royal Navy, visited many countries and partaken in numerous events, some memorable others not quite so but along with the privilege of receiving my commission as an Officer in the Royal Navy from Her Majesty the Queen the proudest moment in my career was when my navigator called out ‘The Liver Building’ bearing 110 when I brought my ship in to the Mersey for the first time for a visit to Liverpool.”

For Commodore Dickie Baum however it’s a heart-wrenching farewell to the North of England and the Isle of Man which for the last 5 years has been a home from home for the Leicester born Submariner. He has overseen a number of significant events which have truly demonstrated the Royal Navy’s impressive capability. The Battle of the Atlantic 70th commemorations represented the biggest highlight of Commodore Baum’s command.

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