OLPHERT: Change of Command
HMNZS OLPHERT recently held a Change of Command ceremony at Defence House, Wellington.
Lieutenant Commander Ian Wells, VRD RNZN relinquished command to Lieutenant Commander Richard Davies RNZN at a ceremony presided over by the Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer, RNZN.
Lieutenant Commander Wells was appointed Commanding Officer of HMNZS OLPHERT in 2012. He held this position for nine months and then in 2010 posted to the RNZN to undertake a tour of duty with the United Nations as a Military Observer in Sudan, which included the turbulent time of the country’s referendum for self determination. Lieutenant Commander Wells transferred to the RNZN, in 2012, but continued to carry out the duties of Commanding Officer HMNZS OLPHERT.
Right: Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Steer reads out Lieutenant Commander Davies command warrant.
Lieutenant Commander Richard Davies transferred to HMNZS OLPHERT in 1986, and was commissioned from the ranks in 2002 as a Maritime Trade Sub-Lieutenant. He has served in HMNZS OLPHERT as the Training Officer and Senior Maritime Trade Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2007 and in 2010 was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMNZS OLPHERT – a post he held until 2013. In 2012 he graduated from the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, Canada.
Lieutenant Commander Davies transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy as Deputy Director, Navy Strategic Plans and Performance in 2014. On the 31st March 2015, Lieutenant Commander Davies assumed command of HMNZS OLPHERT.
Picture above: OLPHERTS Ships company watch the Change of Command ceremony.
Picture above: Lieutenant Commander Ian Wells, RNZN accepts his commissioning pennant which flew over HMNZS OLPHERT during his period of command.