Navy's Newest Chef Takes The Cake With Most Improved Award

22 April 2013

OCH Natasha Campbell with reviewing officer, Maggie Barry.

Natasha Campbell was awarded a prize for being the most improved trainee during the Royal New Zealand Navy’s first intake of sailors for 2013.

In front of family and friends, Ordinary Chef (OCH) Campbell received the Stoker First Class William Dale Cup, recognising her significant progress during the 13-week Basic Common Training course.

OCH Campbell attended Kuranui College, Greytown, before moving north to Taupo, and then into the Navy.

She received her prize at Graduation Parade on Friday 12 April, as one of 74 men and women who graduated after 13 weeks of naval training.

As one of the Navy’s newest sailors, she is pleased with her progress thus far. "Training was very hard but rewarding, and I like that I have become more self-reliant.

"I really enjoy the physical training, the training and the lifestyle. I have enjoyed meeting new people, and have some good friendships already.

"The Navy will be a great way to travel the world. I am proud of who I am, and proud of representing my country," says OCH Campbell.

The Navy training included an intense level of physical training, precision marching and parade training and an academic programme covering naval history, discipline, core values and maritime skills.

The Stoker First Class William Dale Cup is awarded to the most improved trainee during Basic Common Training. William Dale was involved in the rescue of shipmates from a fuel tank fire onboard HMNZS ACHILLES in 1943. William Dale was awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery, the only person to receive this award during WWII.


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