The Commanding Officer, Commander David Turner congratulates ACWS Indianna McEwin on her promotion to Able rank, during the 18-day passage to Ex RIMPAC.
1 July 2014
Indianna McEwin, 24, is deployed onboard the Navy’s amphibious sealift ship, HMNZS CANTERBURY. The ship and her 123 officers and sailors berthed at Hawaii on Friday 27 June, ready to join forces with ships, aircraft and personnel from around the world for the world’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
A former St Andrews College student, McEwin was recently promoted to Able Communications Warfare Specialist onboard CANTERBURY. She’ll spend the next six weeks communicating with almost 50 ships from 22 nations during the exercise taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
“I will be watch-keeping and working either in the communications centre or on the bridge, in company with the other ships in our task group,” says ACWS McEwin. “This will involve flag movements, flashing light and tactical voice.
“I retrieve the ship’s signals [communications] from ashore and make sure they are correctly distributed to the specific addressees on ship. I also ensure that the communications part of ship is kept in a clean and tidy state.”
ACWS McEwin joined the Navy in January 2013, seeking to gain practical skills to balance out prior study. She graduated from her training in April 2013, when she was awarded two prizes for the highest academic marks and highest marks in parade training during her Basic Common Training.
“Since joining the NZ Defence Force, I have learnt a lot about my own strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to see the best in other people and utilise everyone’s positive attributes when working towards a common goal,” says ACWS McEwin.
Exercise RIMPAC provides an opportunity to extend her training further. “It’s going to be great to be a part of something that’s notable on such an international scale,” says ACWS McEwin, “and I’m looking forward to learning how to surf in Hawaii!”