Rotorua local graduates as RNZN Officer

Midshipman Todd Sickler

On Friday, Todd Sickler, originally from Rotorua, will graduate on Friday as one of New Zealand’s newest Naval Officers.

Todd, who was educated at the Lindisfarne College in the Hawkes Bay, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather who served in the RNZN.

“I’m proud to be serving my country.  This career has been a goal for me throughout my schooling and to achieve this dream is quite special for me.”

Todd says the highlight of his training was doing sea time on HMNZS ROTITI during the salvage operation for MV RENA.

 “It was a good feeling to get out there and help the locals, and do what we have been trained to do.”

After six months of intensive training, where recruits learn the practicalities of life at sea, with a focus on leadership, Todd is excited to be graduating in front of his family and friends.

“The Navy is an awesome career and it doesn’t feel like a normal job.  Every day is different!”

Following graduation Todd will have a well deserved break to spend time with family and friends before coming back to a sea posting in the New Year, a prospect he says he can’t wait to experience. 


For more information please contact Senior Comms and Media Advisor – Navy Lieutenant Commander Ange Barker, 021 244 0638


Background to the Junior Officer Common Training

The newly trained officers have completed initial training at the Navy Leadership and Development Group in Devonport.  Over the past 24 weeks they faced a number of challenges, both mental and physical, including the professional and leadership skills they will need as officers 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 junior officer 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 officers 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.  There is also a strong focus on leadership, which under pins a naval officer’s career.


This page was last reviewed on 19 December 2011.