Naval trainees set to graduate

8 April 2010

In front of an audience including their proud families, 49 trainee sailors will graduate from their Basic Common Training at 10.00 am, Friday 9 April 2010, at the Devonport Naval Base.

As well as the formal ceremonial parade the graduates will show off their newly acquired skills with physical training, weapons handling and ceremonial drill displays.  The Navy Band will entertain the guests with a musical repertoire of popular sea shanties. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Waitangi National Trust - Mrs Jeanette Richardson, is the Reviewing Officer for the Parade and will welcome the new sailors into the Navy.  She will also award prizes for academic and leadership performance, including the Spencer Tewsley Cup and Tankard, presented to the best all round Naval Trainee.
Another special feature of the Graduation Parade is the performing of the Royal New Zealand Navy Haka.  The Haka talks of the Royal New Zealand Navy core values, the key land marks that surround the Devonport Naval Base and the vision to succeed.

The newly trained sailors have completed initial training at the Navy Leadership and Development Group in Devonport.  Over the last 10 weeks they faced a number of challenges, both mental and physical, including the professional skills they will need as sailors to keep themselves, their shipmates and their ships safe. 

A foundation of the course has been the physical training such as circuit training, cross country runs and sports.  This helps to underpin another vital aspect of basic common training; the development of team work through such activities such as team sports, parade training and practical general drills. 

The maritime and naval environment is introduced though activities such as naval history lessons, instruction in naval customs and ceremonies. During their initial training, the trainee sailors learnt discipline, how to look after themselves, their kit and their accommodation, and begin to understand and adopt the Navy core values of Courage, Commitment and Comradeship.

The graduating trainee sailors are from many regions of New Zealand. After a short period of leave, they will return to commence their specialist trade/branch training.

Hometowns of the Graduating Sailors

Auckland area – 8  
Dunedin- 1   
Havelock North-1  
Kapiti Coast-1  
Lower Hutt-1  
Palmerston North-2 
Rotorua -1
Te Teko-1   


Sailors are professional, effective and well trained to do what’s needed.

Media are invited to attend the Graduation Parade to be held at the Naval College Parade Ground, off Jim Titchener Drive, Devonport.  Photo ID is required for entry to the Base.

Photos and captions of the prize winners will be sent to hometown papers.

For further information - please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser - Navy 021 244 0638.

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