3 May 2013
LMT(P) George leads the Anzac Dawn service onboard HMNZS TE MANA, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
As dawn broke over Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Anzac Day, a lone Piper was heard from the flightdeck of New Zealand’s Anzac class frigate, HMNZS TE MANA.
That lone piper was 26 year old Feilding man, Bevan George, who joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2005 as a Marine Technician (Propulsion).
Now at the rank of Leading Marine Technician (Propulsion), LMT(P) George had the privilege of leading the Dawn Service for the crew of HMNZS TE MANA.
The ship is currently on a four-month deployment to South and North East Asia, conducting operational training alongside other navies, and representing New Zealand’s interests through visits in the region.
LMT(P) George holds a key role onboard as an engineer, keeping the engines running. He carries out maintenance throughout the ship, including the main engines, generators, air conditioners and fridges, and also supervises those of a lower rank.
"We are the people you call on if anything mechanical breaks," says LMT(P) George.
LMT(P) George joined the Navy as he enjoys doing things with his hands and likes boats and ships. During his time in the Navy he has made a lot of new friends and enjoys working with people with similar interests, and the camaraderie that this generates.
"I have spent most of my Navy career at sea and I enjoy seeing different places all over the world. I have been on TE MANA for four years and have travelled extensively."
LMT(P) George acknowledges the effect of deploying on his family too, "My fiancée is blind, so whilst she supports what I do in the navy, she doesn’t like me going away so much as I can not help her while I am away."
LMT(P) George would recommend to anyone in his home town to join the Royal New Zealand Navy. "There are many good things about being in the Navy, such as the friends I have made, the places I have been, things I have seen and the knowledge and skills I have developed."
"Seeing different places all over the world means seeing just how good New Zealand is."
For further information, please contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall, 021 244 0638.