A NEW Queen’s Harbour Master has arrived to take over the task of keeping Portsmouth harbour safe and secure.
Commander Nigel Hare has succeeded Commander Stephen Hopper in overseeing one of the busiest ports in the country.
A Specialist Navigating Officer, Cdr Hare has served across the world on global operations.
He said: ‘I have wanted to be QHM for a number of years now. It is one of the best jobs in the Royal Navy. It’s a hands- on job that comes with a lot of responsibility in ensuring that the day-to-day running of the port goes smoothly and safely.’
Cdr Hare is in charge of 55 square miles of water, which has more than 150,000 planned movements in and around Portsmouth every year.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1980 and commanded the minehunter HMS Cromer.
He served on board frigates HMS Brilliant and Broadsword before taking up the post of navigating officer on HMS Brazen. Shortly afterwards he was seconded to the Spanish Navy. Cdr Hare, who lives in Hampshire with wife Sandra and their two children, enjoys football and plays lead guitar in a band called Anti Flash.