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Navy 75th Commemoration

Mother Nature seemed determined to disrupt the Navy’s long-planned commemoration of 75 years’ service, with weather and earthquakes making their impact felt. But in the end, while some events were affected, the people and ships of our international friends joined the fray to mark the occasion. All but one of the Old Salts planned sailings on the William C Daldy went ahead. The Fleet departure sailing  planned for Tuesday after the weekend was cancelled, given the late arrivals of some ships diverted to assist with the earthquake recovery and the staggered, or uncertain departures of others. All in all, Operation Neptune and the ‘Old Salts’ events were a great success.  


Hi Folks RETIREMENT OF HIS HONOUR JUDGE CHARLES BLACKIE Last Friday I attended the Special Sitting of the Manukau District Court to mark the retirement of Judge Charles Blackie. Commander Blackie, as he is known to most of us, joined the RNZNVR as an Ordinary Seaman in 1967. He was commissioned in 1969 and was finally promoted to Commander when he became the Commanding Officer of HMNZS Ngapona in 1993. He retired in 1996 but continued to serve on the inactive list of the RNZNVR. Cdr Blackie continued his involvement with the Military Justice system after his retirement from the RNZNVR. In 2000 he was appointed by the British government to be Chief Justice of the Pitcairn Islands, and he oversaw the well known Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004. In his closing address on Friday he advise...

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Stg Arthur Helm OBE. He prior to the War was a Post Office telegraphist working in the South Island. As part of their dress you might note they wore lanyards and their puggaree was a light blue, dark blue, light blue colour around their lemon squeezers. Arthur first gained notoriety with the NZ Divisional Signals in the Middle East by learning to ride a camel, attempting to become the first soldier to adapt to that form of transportation. After the War he wrote two books on his wartime experiences following up with a degree, an MA at Otago University and turning his energies to the Public Service. He was private secretary to Sir Keith Holyoake at one point. He was however to make his mark as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. It was as Secretary of the NZ Antarctic Society, and as a...


             Ex HMNZS Paea will be part of the “Naval Review Procession” when the Governor-General inspects the fleet on Saturday, 19 November. The owners, Keith and Heather Nicholson, have put in a tremendous amount of work to bring her up to an acceptable standard for the event. It is hoped that the boat will be open to the public on Sunday 20 November.

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