NZDF

Naval trainees graduate after 13 week course

3 May 2011

In front of an audience including their proud families, 67 trainee sailors will graduate from their Basic Common Training at 9.30 am, Friday 6 May 2011, 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. 

Ms Amy Adams –National Member of Parliament for Selwyn, 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.

Background

The newly trained sailors have completed initial training at the Navy Leadership and Development Group in Devonport.  Over the past 13 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:
Invercargill 
Paeroa 
Te Puke   
Auckland
North Italy 
Palmserton North 
Timaru   
South Kaeo 
Picton 
Waiuku   
Kaikohe 
Porirua 
Wanganui   
Christchurch 
Kaukapakapa 
Rahotu 
Warkworth   
Gisborne Kawhia
Richmond/Nelson 
Whakatane   
Hamilton 
Mosgiel 
Taihape 
Whangaporaoa   
Havelock North 
Napier   
Tauranga
Woodend   
Hawera 
New Plymouth 
Te Anau    
Huntley
Ohakune 
Te Aroha  

ENDS

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 prizewinners will be sent to hometown papers.

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

This page was last reviewed on 3 May 2011.