Author: Pandy Fruean

A LIFE WELL LIVED – (Excerpts from WOGI Jack Donnelly’s Memoirs) – Part Twenty Major Ceremonial Events

Training for the charter parades, street marches and “changing of the Queens colour,” started in earnest. Although I co-ordinated a lot of it, I am so grateful for the support that I had from all the ships GI’s and first class gunnery rates for their expertise, and assistance they gave me throughout the 50th Anniversary. I was also blessed with the GI(Q)s course which was proceeding at that time, ...

NAVY CELEBRATES FIVE NEW COMMANDING OFFICERS

There will be five changes of command, including two women commanding officers, in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May and June. Taking command of a ship or shore establishment is the pinnacle of an officer’s Navy career so to mark this, formal change of command ceremonies will take place at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. The ceremonies occur between 23 May and 26 June for frigate HMNZS Te...

HMS Hood

Tomorrow we remember the sinking of HMS HOOD which was sunk by the German Battle Ship BISMARK in the North Atlantic and especially PAYMASTER SUB LIEUTENANT Stanley WATKINSON RNZN who went down with his ship and is possibly the RNZN’s 1st Supply Officer to be killed in WW2.   Other Navies also serving in the ship were: AUSTRALIAN = 3 Ordinary Seamen RANVR CANADIAN = 2 Midshipmen RCN Poland =       ...

MV SYCAMORE

The Australian Navy’s Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore has completed sea trials, Dutch shipbuilder Damen announced. MV Sycamore was built at Damen’s Vietnam shipyard and will now be prepared for her maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is expected to arrive at the end of May. In addition to the more traditional elements of sea trials such as maneuver...

A LIFE WELL LIVED – (Excerpts from WOGI Jack Donnelly’s Memoirs) – Part Eighteen

A LIFE WELL LIVED – (Excerpts from WOGI Jack Donnelly’s Memoirs) – Part Eighteen “The Winds of Change” As I stepped into the Management Office in Philomel I was greeted by “RAF” Owen who had also been given a contract such as mine to rejoin. Apparently the Navy had identified approximately twelve personnel from branches that they believed were critical to manning as the “Take the cash payout in bu...

A LIFE WELL LIVED – (Excerpts from WOGI Jack Donnelly’s Memoirs) – Part Seventeen

“Life in Civvy Street” Will I be able to adapt, how will I handle the public, and will I be suitable for this type of work? These are questions I asked myself as I began training to be the manager of a takeaway food-bar. The Te-Atatu outlet was ideal for me as I just lived 500 metres away, it was small, in a busy little community, and the Te Atatu Tavern just across the road. Jenny and...

A LIFE WELL LIVED – (Excerpts from WOGI Jack Donnelly’s Memoirs) – Part Sixteen

“NASU (Naval Air Support Unit)” On being promoted to Warrant Officer, I was posted to NASU to replace my good mate “Bash” Bishop. This was to be a whole new experience for me, being part of the Air Force culture, driving fast boats and being in charge of my own unit. The NASU crew was what I would describe as, hard working, loyal matelots who enjoyed a few “quiet ales” on occasions. Th...

HMNZS AOTEAROA

The Navy has announced its largest-ever ship – a 24,000-tonne vessel which will cost nearly half a billion dollars – will be called HMNZS Aotearoa. Construction of the ship will start next year, for delivery in January 2020. The 173-metre long vessel will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at a projected cost of $493 million. “Aotearoa will have the ability to deploy anywhere i...

MATTHEWSON, James Oliver

RNZVR Second World War 0/7412. “Gentleman Jim”. Passed on peacefully on 16 April 2017, aged 98. Dearly loved husband of the late Margaret, father of Peter, Sarah, and David, grandfather of Christy, Janina, Joyia, Eli and Tineke, and great- grandfather of Theo and Libby. An example of compassion and service

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALKLANDS WAR

On 2 April 2017, it was 35 years since Argentinean soldiers landed on the Falklands Islands, triggering a violent culmination to a territorial dispute between Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government and Argentina’s military junta. The invasion of Port Stanley launched a ten-week war that cost the lives of 655 Argentine troops, 255 British servicemen and three islanders. Sovereignty over th...

Piping the Side

Did you know the custom of ‘Piping the Side’ dates from the days of sail when ship’s Captains were frequently called upon to report onboard their senior officer’s… Flagship at sea to receive or discuss orders?. On those occasions when the sea state was too rough to permit the use of sea gangways, it was customary for a visiting captain to enter and leave his boat by means of a Bosun’s chair ...

HMNZS KIWI now SARASU

“Hey guys. This is the ex HMNZS KIWI now SARASU which I spent a bit of time on her when I was in the RNZNVR. This is Fishing boat harbour, Perth, Western Australia. I was lucky enough to be invited on board for a tour and was completely amazed at the transformation. Brought back a lot of memories from the day.”  

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