Sailor Profile: PO2 Mark Hoyles

PO2 Mark Hoyles
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Hoyles, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole poses on Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax Jetty NH for a portrait prior to departure for Royal Canadian Navy’s Great Lakes Deployment on 28 May 2018. Photo Credit: Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA HS88-2018-0033-262 © 2018 DND-MDN Canada

Hometown: South River, NL

Years of Service: 12

Home Unit: HMCS Oriole

Current occupation and position: Boatswain. I am currently the Chief Bos’n Mate on board HMCS Oriole.

Why did you join the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)?

I joined the RCN to travel the world and to experience different cultures. My brother, who is also serving, convinced me that it was a great career path.

What is the best part about being in the RCN?

The absolute best part is being part of a group of people, each with their own particular talents, in pursuit of a common goal.

What is your most memorable experience?

Early on in my career, I took part in the Consecration and the Presentation of the Queen’s Colour with 500 other sailors and officers on parade at the garrison grounds in Halifax, NS.

What are some additional highlights of your naval career?

Being deployed on three different occasions were highlights for me as well as taking part in operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Why have stayed in the RCN?

Honestly, it was never my intention to stay in the RCN but it turned out to be a very rewarding career for me.

What would you say to someone that is considering a career in the RCN?

Go for it. Even though it’s not always easy and you will have to make some sacrifices, the training you receive is second to none. You can travel the world and get paid well to do so.

What do you want the Canadian public to know about their navy? Even though you can’t always see what the RCN is doing and where it’s operating on a daily basis, we are out there, conducting business, placing the Canadian footprint all over the globe.

What is it like to sail in a tall ship, especially since it is the RCN’s longest serving commissioned vessel? It’s definitely an opportunity I never thought I would get and I’m honoured to be part of HMCS Oriole’s crew.

Please tell a little bit about yourself, outside of the Navy.

I have an older sister and brother who both currently serve. My loving wife, Jessica, is also a serving member. I have a 6-year-old daughter, Ella Hoyles, who lives in Bay Roberts, NL with her mother. Some of my favourite leisure activities are hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. I’m a frequent visitor to the island [Newfoundland] to see my daughter. Hopefully after retirement I can make my way back to the island for good.

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