Canterbury Man Receives One of Top Awards at Navy Graduation

The Royal New Zealand Navy's most improved recruit is 23-year-old Christchurch man Yyan-Mar Mayorga.

6 November 2015

One of the high performers among this year’s Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) recruits is 23-year-old Christchurch man Yyan-Mar Mayorga. Yyan Mar will receive the “most improved” award during the Basic Common Training Awards ceremony, to be held at Devonport Naval Base today.

A total of 35 naval recruits will celebrate the completion of 18 weeks of gruelling training and will be welcomed into the Royal New Zealand Navy by Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer.

The training focuses on technical competency, physical fitness, personal leadership skills, and teamwork.

Chief Petty Officer Grant Gaffaney of the Recruit Training Squadron says: “The Stoker First Class William Dale Cup is awarded to the most improved trainee during Basic Common Training, and is an important award as it shows a trainee’s ability to extend beyond their previous best and raise their own bar.”

Yyan-Mar says he has always wanted to be part of the military and is looking forward to completing his training so he can help countries that have been damaged by natural disasters.

“I would like to be deployed to countries that have sustained damage from natural disasters as I believe the Navy has a key role to play in helping rebuild affected communities. Since I joined the Royal New Zealand Navy I have met new people and enjoyed the variety that my job offers. I learn so much every day,” says Yyan-Mar.

After a well-earned rest, Yyan-Mar will continue with his training to be a Marine Technician which will see him play a critical role in keeping naval vessels going as they undertake their important work in search and rescue, anti-piracy and disaster relief.

Former Chiefs of Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy Band will join family and friends in celebrating the achievements of the new graduates.

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This page was last reviewed on 6 November 2015.