TWELVE sailors from Portsmouth-based HMS Daring played a big part in commemorations marking Guernsey’s liberation from Nazi occupation.
They led a parade through the capital St Peter Port as part of the events that marked its freedom on May 9, 1945.
Thousands of people gathered as the sailors from the Type 45 destroyer marched from the town’s Liberation Memorial into the town centre.
On completion of the march the troops were inspected by the Bailiff of Guernsey, Richard Collas, and the Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord, Vice-Admiral David Steel.
It was a particularly poignant occasion for Sub Lieutenant Max Barber, second in command of the marching platoon, as he was born on the island.
He said: ‘It was a huge honour to be able to march through my home town and mark this special day.
‘It gave me great pride to attend with a group of sailors whose predecessors came here in HMS Beagle and HMS Bulldog on May 9, 1945 to return freedom to the Island.’
HMS Daring has been affiliated with Guernsey since she was commissioned in 2009.
She returned to Portsmouth from a global nine-month deployment in March and is currently undergoing maintenance.
A number of her weapons and other systems are being upgraded in preparation for her return to the sea in autumn.