29 June 2010
In front of an audience including their proud families and invited guests, 13 Naval Junior Officers, including 1 from Tonga, will graduate on Thursday, 1 July 2010 after 22 weeks training at the Navy’s Leadership and Development Group in Devonport.
The Minister of Defence, the Honourable Dr Wayne Mapp, will review the parade, present prizes and welcome the graduates to the Navy and the NZ Defence Force.
The top prize, the Minister of Defence Sword of Honour will be presented to the best overall graduating Officer.
The newly trained officers have completed initial training at the Navy Leadership and Development Group in Devonport. Over the last 22 weeks they faced many diverse and challenging areas from fire fighting, sail training, sea survival, sword and pack drill, naval history and traditions, hours and many miles of physical fitness training through to classroom instruction and leadership and management skills, all designed to provide a foundation of skills and knowledge for their future careers.
The graduating junior officers represent many regions of New Zealand and other countries. After a short period of leave, they will return to commence their specialist trade training.
Hometowns of the Graduating Officers
- Epsom, Auckland
- North Shore, Auckland
- Papakura, Auckland
The New Zealand Defence Forces greatest strength does not come from the numbers of people and equipment it can put in the field, but from its quality.
For further information please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell Senior Media Adviser-Navy on 021 244 0638.