"I have the ship"  - Change of command for Navy Anzac frigate

photograph of Commander Jonathan Beadsmoore.

18 January 2011

A ceremony to mark the official change of Commanding Officer of the Navy’s ANZAC Frigate, HMNZS TE KAHA will be held Thursday 20 January 2011 at 11am, at the Devonport Naval Base.

During the ceremony Commander Mathew Williams will relinquish command of HMNZS TE KAHA and Commander Jonathan Beadsmoore 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 Commander Williams states “You have the ship” and Commander Beadsmoore “I have the ship”. 

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


Commander Beadsmoore grew up in the south of England in a naval family and was educated at Clayesmore School in Dorset and Yeovil College.  Joining the Royal Navy in 1985 he attended Britannia Royal Naval College before reading for an honours degree in Physics under a cadetship scheme at Imperial College London.  After graduation he completed his bridge watchkeeping training and was appointed to the Frigate HMS CUMBERLAND as the Signal Communications Officer in 1990 where he served in the Falkland Islands and Mediterranean. 

In 1993 he qualified as a Fighter Controller and was appointed to the Air Defence Destroyer HMS NEWCASTLE until the end of 1994.  During this period the ship was involved in embargo operations against the former Yugoslavia where he acted as one of the ship’s boarding officers regularly leading inspection teams enforcing the UN sanctions.  Having qualified as a Frigate navigator in 1995 he served in the Anti Submarine Frigate HMS MONMOUTH for a year before attending the Principal Warfare Officer Course at HMS Dryad near Portsmouth in 1997.  Having completed this training he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and appointed to the Frigate HMS NORTHUMBERLAND as the Gunnery Officer and later the Operations Officer. 

A further period of specialist Air Warfare training in 1999 was followed by an appointment to the 3rd Destroyer Squadron initially as the Operations Officer in HMS LIVERPOOL and then as the Squadron Operations Officer in HMS EDINBURGH where he was involved in training and mentoring of ships’ warfare teams.  Between 2001 and 2003 he continued in a training role on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training at Plymouth as an Above Water Warfare specialist.  In 2003 he took command of the Mine Hunter HMS WALNEY for 2 years, during this time the ship deployed to the USA and conducted operations around the UK. 

In December 2005 he moved to New Zealand and joined the RNZN quickly taking up a posting as the Operations Officer in HMNZS TE KAHA.  After 9 months and deployments to Australia and SE Asia he took up a position as the Fleet Warfare Officer with the Maritime Operational Evaluation Team in Auckland helping to mentor and evaluate ships during sea training periods.  In 2009 he joined HMNZS TE MANA as the Executive Officer once again deploying to Australia and SE Asia.  In May 2010 he was promoted to Acting Commander to take up a posting as the Fleet Seamanship and Executive Officer in Auckland before taking command of HMNZS TE KAHA in January 2011.

He lives in Warkworth on a small lifestyle block with his wife Amira and their daughter Ayeisha.  He runs, usually chasing errant cows, to keep fit and plays Hockey for the Navy.


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 Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser-Navy Mob: 021 244 0638

This page was last reviewed on 18 January 2011.