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Naval Reserve Recent Activities

A Naval Reserve blowing his Bosuns Call.
The following articles are a snapshot of Naval Reserve activities from around the country.

2015

  • OLPHERT: Wellington and Hawkes' Bay Regional Employer Awards
    The Wellington and Hawkes' Bay Regional Employer of the Year awards were held at HMNZS OLPHERT during February. Reservists from Navy and Army reserve units in the lower North Island nominated their Employer for supporting them with their reserve...
  • OLPHERT: RHIB training on Wellington Harbour.
    As part of a very busy training weekend, OLPHERT took advantage of the PHILOMEL BOATS SQUADRON passing through Wellington with three Naval RHIBS on trailers while on there way back to Auckland from training in the South Island. RHIB...
  • February 2015: Weekend Training
    A nice touch to the end of a great training weekend, today -An exchange of Ships Crests between HMNZS Hawea And HMNZS Olphert.LT Norris, CO of HMNZS Hawea and LT CDR Peter Arnold spoke of the benefits of training together and appreciation was given...
  • 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...
  • OLPHERT: ANZAC Day 2015
    Members of HMNZS OLPHERT and HMNZS WELLINGTON ships company paraded at the Porirua City Civic ceremony on ANZAC day 2015. Other members of OLPHERTs ships company paraded at several parades on the Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley. Two members of the...
  • Tasman Exchange 2015
    Maritime Trade Operations Across the Ditch - Tasman Exchange 2015 Between the dates of the 3rd and 16th May. I was fortunate to be selected for the TASMAN EXCHANGE Scheme and have the opportunity to travel to Australia to participate in Exercise...
  • OLPHERT: Wellington Naval Reservists ontarget at the Linton Military Camp Parsons Range
    As a key part of Naval Reserve mission to contribute to the Navy by providing competent Reserve personnel fit for service, Members of Wellington Naval Reserve HQ HMNZS OLPHERT were joined by other Navy personnel, and put into practice their in Unit...
  • Trade Training School driven by Reservists
    Civilians by day, Military by night. Four reservists, three from HMNZS Olphert: CPOET Grant Cossar, POET Nic Shearer, OSCS Jason Young and one from 2CSSB LCPL Patrick Krippner are employed by the Trade Training School (TTS), based in Trentham...
  • OLPHERT: Last Post Ceremony National War Memorial.
    HMNZS OLPHERT personnel take their turn to perform the Ode and Last Post ceremony at the National War Memorial, Wellington. The Navy is lead Service for...
  • OLPHERT 2015 End of Year Parade
    HMNZS OLPHERT held its End of Year Parade and Prize giving on Tuesday 8th December at it's new Headquarters in Petone. The guest speaker was Captain Dave Gibbs, RNZN, Assistant Chief of Navy (Strategy and Engagement).
  • NEPTUNE Commemorative Service: HMNZS OLPHERT
    The annual HMS NEPTUNE Commemorative Service was held at HMNZS OLPHERTs Petone Headquarters on Saturday 19th December 2015. The guest speaker was LTCDR Kerry...

2014

2013

  • December 2013: HMS NEPTUNE Memorial Service
    World War II Tragedy of HMS NEPTUNE Remembered On the 15th of December at a well-attended Annual Remembrance Service at the Wellington Naval Reserve HQ HMNZS...
  • NAVAL RESERVES CELEBRATE WAITANGI DAY AT OKAINS BAY
    Waitangi Day at Okains Bay is a traditional event for HMNZS PEGASUS sailors.
  • June 2013 - HMNZS HAWEA preparing for duty
    By OSEA Marcus Freeman, HMNZS NGAPONA The confirmation that I had a posting with HMNZS HAWEA for two weeks came with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. All my Reservist training within the Seaman Branch at HMNZS NGAPONA had taken place...
  • July 2013: OLPHERT Reservists take the Plunge
    Taking advantage of the Wellington Port visit of the Inshore Patrol Craft HMNZS PUKAKI, there was an enthusiastic turnout of the Wellington Naval Reserve Unit HMNZS OLPHERT personnel of all ranks who joined with members of the local Sea Cadet Units...

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • September 2009 - VRX Continuation Training
    In May 2009, NGAPONA’s VRX officers commenced navigation continuation training during the division’s monthly training weekends. This training has been aimed at those officers who have completed RF courses, but who need to refresh their...
  • August 2009 - Mt Maunganui sailor departs on Peacekeeping Mission.
    Mount Maunganui man, Andrew Wilson, a Lieutenant in the Navy Volunteer Reserve , is all packed and primed to depart on a peacekeeping mission to Sudan shortly. Born in Gisborne, Andrew spent 30 years in Devonport and attended Takapuna Grammar...
  • July 2009 - HMNZS NGAPONA Damage Control Refresher Training
    On the evening of 29th July 2009 24 members of HMNZS NGAPONA’s Ships Company mustered at the Sea Safety Training Squadron at Devonport Naval Base for refresher training. The instructors directed them towards the changing room where they were...
  • July 2009 - Reserve Officer at sea on HAWEA
    SLT Morgan RNZNR recently spent a two week training period as Officer of the Watch (OOW) on one of the new Inshore Patrol Craft - HMNZS HAWEA. Andrew is the first reserve officer to spend time on these new vessels undergoing OOW training at sea....
  • April 2009 - Deployment in Deli - POMed Richdale
    I decided I would join the Navy when I was 11, after attending a careers day at school. In January 2001 (after pestering the recruiting officer for six years) I started Basic Common Training at the age of 17. Once I had completed the first part of...
  • February 2009 - Benefit of military training outweighs costs for Customs
    The New Zealand Customs Service is proud to support staff involved in part time military service, and this month Customs Managers Stu Lumsden and Marilyn Walters received bronze awards for their continuing support of employee Mason Tolerton's part...
  • January 2009 - Employers’ Support Breakfast
    On the 11th of January at HMNZS Pegasus the annual Territorial Force Employer Support Council (TFESC) function was held. This was to acknowledge the support of Reserve Forces from Employers in the Canterbury region.There was a cross section of both...
  • October 2009 - Wellington Naval Reserve first hand view of new Inshore Patrol Craft
    The Captain Naval Reserves CAPT Peter Arnold, the Commanding Officer of the Wellington Naval Reserve, LTCDR Gerad Chaplin and other members of the Wellington Naval Reserve Unit joined the Crew of the new Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS PUKAKI on her...
  • November 2009 - Wardroom Mess Dinner (Ngapona)
    The annual Mess Dinner of HMNZS Ngapona was held on 7th November 2009 at the Philomel Wardroom, Devonport Naval Base. Hosted by the Executive Officer LTCDR Bob Mohammed VRD, RNZNVR. The Guest Speaker was Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Defence. ...
  • 2009 TOROA - Employer Support Awards
    The Otago Southland regional Employer Support Council Chairman Mr Julian Smith has named the finalists and regional winners for the 2009 Employer Support Awards. A reception held at the Kensington Army Hall on 3rd March 2010, the four...
  • October 2009 - Technical Reservist onboard.
    The Technical Branch of HMNZS NGAPONA has been focussing on IPV familiarisation courses to acquaint Reservists with layout of the ships, crew tasks and bridge monitoring systems.
  • November 2009 - Oamaru's Victorian Heritage Celebrations
    On Saturday 21 November a contingent of 16 personnel from HMNZS TOROA travelled to Oamaru to take part in the Saturday events of Oamaru’s annual Heritage week celebrations. From steam to horse power Oamaru’s Victorian heritage...
  • October 2009 - Wellington Naval and Army Reserves Say Thank You to Employers
    On the 30th of October the Commanding Officers of HMNZS OLPHERT Naval Reserve Unit and Bravo Company of Seven Battalion of the
  • August 2009 - IPV Visits Dunedin
    HMNZS HAWEA (Lt Grant Judson, RNZN) made her inaugural visit to Dunedin 26-31 August. The ship conducted a number of guided tours throughout her stay in port, including two on her first night in for Naval Reserve personel from HMNZS TOROA and Sea...
  • December 2009: PEGASUS - Employer Support Awards
    On Wednesday 6th December 2009, the Canterbury Region of the Territorial Force Employer Support Council (TFESC) held their annual awards ceremony. A...
  • August 2009 - Chief of Navy visits Tauranga Sub-Unit
    Rear Admiral A.J.Parr, MVO, Chief of Navy visited the Tauranga Unit of HMNZS NGAPONA on Wednesday 26 August 2009. The Captain Naval Reserves, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Flag Lieutenant to the Chief of Navy and the Commanding Officer of HMNZS...
  • October 2009 - PEGASUS: Local Celebraties at Sea on IPV's
    I was privileged last week to be asked to help host a number of Christchurch personalities on HMNZS...
  • August 2009 - HMNZS RESOLUTION Sea Training
    HMNZS RESOLUTION departed
  • July 2009 - PEGASUS: Officer attends Staff Course in Canada
    Every year the NZDF sends two Reserve Officers to the Canadian Forces Reserve Command and Staff Course. One each from the NZ Naval and Army Reserve. ...
  • July 2009 - Leadership Training at Berwick Forest Camp
    A successful Leadership weekend was conducted over the weekend of 24 - 26 July at the Berwick Forest Camp. A total of 30 personnel attended the camp which included a contingent of 10 from HMNZS Pegasus in Christchurch. All personnel departed from...
  • July 2009 - Damage Control Training
    On the evening of 29th July 2009 24 members of HMNZS NGAPONA’s Ships Company mustered at the Sea Safety Training Squadron at Devonport Naval Base for refresher training. The instructors directed them towards the changing room where they were...
  • December 2009 - OLPHERT RINGS IN THE CHANGES
    It was a busy time at HMNZS OLPHERT in December 2009, with a number of activities including a Change of Command and a well deserved Commanding Officer (CO) Commendation awarded by the outgoing CO.

2008

2007

  • March 2007 - Four Naval Reservists
    Four Naval Reservists from NGAPONA, Auckland's Naval Reserve Headquarters, make a difference. These Reservists describe their experiences as demanding, but totally worthwhile, something that they would not have missed, and could not have done, were...
  • March 2007 - Olphert - A Busy Ship
    OLPHERT remains busy with training on various ships, and ashore as well as a series of social events for the Reservists of Wellington, as Ensign Milkop writes:

2006

  • May 2006 - Bridge Simulator Course
    OSEA Barry Dulieu writes: In May 2006, I was part of a combined VR team that escaped the real world and spent a weekend training in the bridge simulator at the Devonport Naval base.

2005


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