Palmerston North Navy Recruit Receives Top Award

Royal New Zealand Navy recruit Aaron Crabb will receive the Spencer Tewsley Cup for Best All Round Basic Common Trainee

6 November 2015

The highest achiever among the newest Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) recruits is 19-year-old Palmerston North man Aaron Crabb.  Aaron will receive the Spencer Tewsley Cup for Best All Round Basic Common Trainee 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: “Aaron stood out because of his hard work ethic, positive attitude, and consistently demonstrating the Navy’s core values of Courage, Comradeship, and Commitment.”

Aaron says he joined the Navy to challenge himself with something a little different.

“It’s amazing how much you change throughout the course. Everyone around you becomes more like a second family than a bunch of people you met a couple of weeks ago,” says Aaron.

It seems that salt runs in Aaron’s veins as both his uncle and grandfather are past members of the RNZN.

After a well-earned rest, Aaron 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.

For more information please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980

This page was last reviewed on 6 November 2015.