Navy Open Day - see your Navy at work in Devonport. A rare opportunity for the public to visit the Devonport Naval Base takes place on Saturday, 24 March, when the Base will hold a free Open Day from 10am to 4pm. Free shuttle buses will take visitors from the Base to the Navy Museum and return. Public access is via the base’s main Queen’s Parade Gate and the Stanley Point Gate. There will be limited parking will be available at the Ngataringa Sports Field, with a walk through sign-posted to the Stanley Point Gate. See more on the Open Day go to the Navy’s Facebook page @NZNavy which will have updated event news.
She's got a name and now she has a badge...
The sheer number of entries, and their quality, were the things that impressed RADM Martin the most. “It was wonderful that so many New Zealanders cared so much about our new ship that they wanted to submit a design,” he said.
The Ship’s Names & Badges committee convened to review the over 250 designs received. They had no details of the designers so their selection was completely impartial. The panel reduced the submissions down to a top 10 which were given to the Chief of Navy in December to make the final decision.
“My design criteria was very clear,” said RADM Martin. “I asked for designs that were simple yet striking, reflective of the role of the ship and uniquely New Zealand. While I had no idea who submitted the designs, Steven’s immediately stood out. The fish hook elegantly blended the Maori legend of Aotearoa’s origin with the replenishment role that the ship will be responsible for.”
“Dividing the sea and sky, I saw the white band representing both a long white cloud and an ice shelf – very appropriate given the importance of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica to New Zealand. For a number of reasons this design was an obvious choice for me.
I was genuinely surprised that the winner was one of Navy’s own and I’m thrilled for him.”
Steven’s winning badge design will now form the basis of the formal ship badge.
When HMNZS Aotearoa is commissioned into service in early 2020 she will not only be the new maritime sustainment vessel and fleet tanker but will also enhance combat operational capability, provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief and support monitoring operations in the Southern Ocean.
“I know New Zealanders will be as proud of her as the whole of the Navy will be when she arrives,” said RADM Martin.
Steven works at the Devonport Naval Base as Project Manager responsible for the Inshore Patrol Vessels upkeep and maintenance.
For more information visit www.aotearoa.mil.nz