5 September 2014
Private Marie-Claire Van Rouveroy Brown is an NZ Army soldier currently serving onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY, deployed to New Caledonia for Exercise Croix du Sud.
With a passion for the outdoors and having gained two years experience as a cadet, joining the New Zealand Army straight after school was the logical choice for Private (PTE) Marie-Claire Van Rouveroy Brown, from Rotorua.
"I enjoy everything outdoors: hunting, fishing, riding motorbikes, tramping and swimming," said PTE Van Rouveroy Brown. "The Army is the perfect match as it promotes physical fitness and being in the field. You are paid to be fit and healthy.".
PTE Van Rouveroy Brown, 21, is one of seven NZ Army personnel who make up the Ship’s Amphibious Load Team (SALT) onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s amphibious support ship. The movements team are responsible for the transportation of all vehicles and cargo embarking and disembarking the ship.
Exercise Croix Du Sud, a two-week biennial exercise based in New Caledonia, has seen PTE Van Rouveroy Brown involved in the transportation of over 200 personnel and 50 military vehicles from ship to shore via landing craft.
The multilateral exercise fosters and sustains cooperative Defence relationships in our corner of the world, providing an opportunity for realistic multinational training in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), as well as non-combatant evacuation operations.
Exercise Croix Du Sud is not PTE Van Rouveroy Brown’s first time overseas. She has been to Antarctica twice with the Aerial Delivery team and spent time in Hawaii and Australia onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY before arriving in New Caledonia.
Getting to see the world is one of the many benefits of being in the Army, says PTE Van Rouveroy Brown, and the NZ Army paying for upskilling and further education is another. PTE Van Rouveroy Brown holds many heavy vehicle licences, including class 1 and 2 forklift, dangerous goods and wheels and tracks and rollers, all gained during her time in the Army.
PTE Van Rouveroy Brown will begin an intermediate vehicle course and sit her heavy truck licence when the ship returns to Auckland. She has enjoyed her change of environment and time at sea, and is keen to remain posted to HMNZS Canterbury.
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