“I have the Ship” - Change of command for HMNZS TAUPO 

6 December 2010

A ceremony to mark the official change of Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS TAUPO will be held Thursday 9 December 2010 at 10am, at the Devonport Naval Base.

During the ceremony Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Clarkson will relinquish command of HMNZS TAUPO and Lieutenant Luke Taylor will assume command.

The Change of Command Ceremony is traditionally formal and impressive – designed to strengthen the respect for authority, which is vital to any military organisation. The changing of command takes place when Lieutenant Commander Clarkson states “You have the ship” and Lieutenant Taylor replies  “I have the ship”. 

Witnessing the ceremony will be the crew of HMNZS TAUPO, invited guests, family and friends. The Chief of Navy,  Rear Admiral Tony Parr, will be officiating the Change of Command ceremony.


Lieutenant Luke Taylor joined the Navy as a General List Seaman Officer (GLX) in 2002 after attending Middleton Grange High School in Christchurch. After completion of his initial Officer training, and Basic Bridge Watch-Keeping course, Luke studied at Auckland University graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physical Geography.

On completion of his degree Lieutenant Taylor joined the fleet serving in HMNZ Ships KIWI, TE MANA and TE KAHA where he qualified as a Bridge Watchkeeper in 2006. Luke remained posted to TE KAHA as a Watchkeeping Officer in 2006-2007, visiting ports in China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore before returning to Auckland to complete his Major Fleet Unit Navigators (MFUNO) Course in mid-2007 and was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Taylor graduated his MFUNO course as dux, and was posted to the Navigation Training Centre. During this time he worked on the development of a competency based framework for the qualification of GLX Officers. This framework was created to align current Navy training with recognised civilian qualifications and international standards for navigation training. For this work Lieutenant Taylor was awarded a Maritime Component Commander’s commendation.

In early 2008 Lieutenant Taylor posted to HMNZS TE KAHA as the Navigating Officer, a posting that saw him navigate the Frigate around South East Asia, the east and west coasts of Australia, New Zealand and the sub-Antarctic, as well as taking part in several international fleet exercises both at home and abroad.

Following his posting as the Navigator of TE KAHA in June 2009, Lieutenant Taylor posted to HMNZS PHILOMEL to the staff of the Captain Fleet Personnel and Training to lead a project to develop a strategy for the recruitment of university graduates into the RNZN. 

In January 2010 Lieutenant Taylor was seconded to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Science (NIWA) for a 46-day voyage to Antarctica onboard the Research Vessel Tangaroa, before completing his Minor War Vessel Command Course. Luke was then posted as the commissioning Navigating Officer of HMNZS WELLINGTON, an offshore patrol vessel, before assuming command of HMNZS TAUPO on 9 Dec 2010.


Media are welcome to attend the Change of Command Ceremony at the Devonport Naval Base. Photographic Identification is required for entry to the Naval Base. 

For further information, requests for interviews and registrations of interest to attend the ceremony, please contact Mr Chris Wright on 04 496 0296

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) exceed their targeted sea days by 11% for the financial year 2009/2010.

This page was last reviewed on 16 January 2011.