Author: Pandy Fruean

CROSSED THE BAR

Cdr Tony Chadwick, RNZN (rtd), ex RNO Christchurch, passed away peacefully yesterday with his family around him. Funeral details will be forwarded in due course.

LARKING, James (Jim). WWII, Regtl No. 445237, Trooper.

On Monday 13th May 2019, peacefully at Mary Shapley Rest Home and Hospital; aged 96 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Mavis. Loved father and father inlaw of John and Yvonne, Brian and Julia, Paul and Christine, Neil and Linda. Cherished grandpa of 12 and great grandpa of 13. A funeral service for Jim will be held in the Chapel of Willetts Funeral Services Ltd, 21 King Street, Whakatane, on ...

WHITLA, John William (Jack): (Reg. No. 620033 Tpr 2NZEF)

On May 13, 2019, peacefully at home. Aged 95 years. Loved husband of the late Nancy, much loved father and father-in-law of Karen, John and Cheryl, Annie and Soren, and Julie. Loved Grandad of Nikki, Hayley, Raquel, Crystal, Justin, Scott, Andy, Aimee, Jacob, and Alexis. Great-Grandad of Joanne, Holly, Ava, Isobelle, Eden, Kaitlyn, Mason, Amelia, Zack, and Saylem. Great-Great-Grandad of Tyson, and...

KAHOTEA, Nicholas Ryan. Regt: 01019698, LCPL, 1NZSAS. Suddenly on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019; aged 35 years. A treasured son, brother, uncle, cousin; beloved partner of Sophie and father of Delilah. Friend to many throughout and dedicated professional. The SAS trooper who died during a training exercise has been farewelled in a moving private service. Lance Corporal Nicholas Kahotea is believed...

EDDA FONN ARRIVES IN WELLINGTON

A $103 million vessel for the Ministry of Defence has berthed in Wellington after 46 days travelling from Denmark.  The diving support and hydrographic survey vessel, named Edda Fonn, was purchased second-hand from Norway. Frank Dyer, the integrated project team leader for the dive and hydrographic vessel, said it was packed with world-class facilities for both diving and hydrographic specialists....

HMNZS Tamaki SURVIVORS OF ‘THE ROCK’ Reunion

A reunion is to be held in Auckland 14-16 February 2020 for all those who served in HMNZS Tamaki on Motuihe Island (The Rock). This will be a one-off reunion to bring together those who experienced a unique time in their lives and the history of the RNZN. To have completed your training on that island was a triumph in itself and an experience that will never be forgotten. The reunion will be open ...

2018 Sailor of the Year LCSS Alicia Wall

On 14th May 1999, Rear Admiral Fred Wilson introduced the Sailor of the Year programme for Leading Rates and below, which gave the automatic entitlement to the badge awarded for a CNS Commendation, and an overseas trip accompanied by their spouse or partner. This year was the twentieth anniversary of the programme  The 2018 Sailor of the Year LCSS Alicia Wall spoke at the May Navy Club Luncheon ac...

Operation HIKI ANO

Concentrated training period for our sailors and officers. HIKI ANO has been designed to accelerate Navy’s readiness prior to the introduction of the Dive Hydrographic vessel (MANAWANUI), Polar-class sustainment vessel (AOTEAROA) and the return of the modernised Anzac frigates (TE KAHA and TE MANA). HIKI ANO is taking place over the period 29 April to 14 June 2019. HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY and ...

THE U.S. NAVY HAS TOO FEW SHIPS

As the U.S. land wars in the Middle East fade into obscurity, Washington is slowly bracing itself for the naval age that will dominate the twenty-first century. Inherently a maritime nation, the future of America’s role in the world will be determined by its sea power. In light of China’s entrance into the global commons, no other military branch is flexible enough to respond to Beijin...

MASCOT FOR HMAS BRISBANE

A little-known piece of Australian Navy history dating back to the First World War is being kept alive with a British Bulldog by the name of Hank becoming the first mascot for ‘the Steel Cat’, HMAS Brisbane (III). Hank – who carries the honourary rank of Leading Seaman – took pride of place when Brisbane’s 200 officers and sailors recently exercised their Freedom of E...

BOOST FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has today (24 April 2019) announced additional funding to support the wellbeing of New Zealand’s veterans and their families.  The funding will go towards health and wellbeing assessments for veterans to ensure that when they leave the Defence Force they are linked to the right support services. “The review of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 publ...

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