NGAPONA Newsletter

LONGCAST

10 May 19 – Navy Club Lunch, Remuera Club. (WoN & SoY)
17 May 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Pt Chevalier RSA
25 May 19 – Artificer Apprentices Assn, Ngataringa. Contact andy.francis@xtra.co.nz
1-3 June 19 – Queen’s Birthday Weekend
1-3 June 19 – RNZN Antarctic Veterans Reunion, Rangiora RSA Contact bill.lochrie@xtra.co.nz
14 June 19 – Navy Club Lunch, Remuera Club.
16 June 19 – Ngapona Assn AGM, Pt Chevalier RSA
21 June 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Howick RSA

THE NAVY CLUB MONTHLY LUNCH

The Navy Club holds a monthly lunch at the Remuera Club on the second Friday of each month. This month, 10 May, they will have the 2018 Sailor of the Year LCSS Alicia Wall as their guest speaker and she will be accompanied by the Warrant Officer Navy. They need everyone seated by 12:15 so they can get the guest speaker underway. All ex-service persons are welcome. Please contact the Secretary, Noel Davies, at noel@daviesgroup.nz if you would like to attend. You will need to be at the club prior to midday.

NEW RAN MINEHUNTERS

The Australian government could accelerate the replacement of the Royal Australian Navy’s current Huon-class minehunters by bringing the project forward from the 2030s to the mid-2020s. The move would be completed as part of a new maritime mine countermeasures program, which is to be known as SEA 1905. Over AUD 1 billion has been allocated to deliver the full scope of SEA 1905, including the building of the two mine warfare support vessels and investment in new mine countermeasure systems. As outlined by the Liberal Party ahead of federal elections in May, the two mine warfare support vessels would be built at the Henderson shipyard precinct in West Australia.

A decision on the construction of an additional hydrographic vessel is scheduled for approval in fourth quarter 2019 with construction expected to start in the early 2020s.

Part of the Hydrographic Data Collection Capability project (SEA 2400), the vessel would undertake a strategic collection of maritime environmental data as part of the military survey function.

“Our government is investing more than AUD 200 billion in Australia’s defence capability over the next 10 years – the nation’s biggest investment in defence in decades,” Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said. “This commitment in West Australia adds to the 31 minor war vessels already being built in the state – built in Australia, by Australian workers, with Australian steel.”

HMAS Gascoyne is the fourth of the six Huon Class Minehunters (MHC). She was launched on 11 March 2000 and is based in Sydney at HMAS Waterhen. A large minehunter by world standards, the 720 tonne, 52.5 metre MHC is propelled by a V8 diesel engine driving a controllable pitch propeller in transit, and three retractable thrusters whilst minehunting. HMAS Gascoyne is the second RAN ship to carry the name, the original was Australia’s first River Class anti-submarine frigate that served with distinction during World War II. In October 1944, whilst surveying for the US landings at Leyte Gulf, Gascoyne (I) experienced 39 air attacks and saw 30 Japanese aircraft destroyed. In July 1945, she provided bombardment support for the Australian troop landings in the Balikpapan area of Borneo.

HMAS Gascoyne

DID YOU KNOW?

On 6 May 1990, the names assigned to the four sail training craft announced as Paea ll, Mako ll, Manga ll and Haku ll.

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Jack Passings – May 2019

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of May 2019. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

ROGERS Fran Signals Wren
CLARK Clive John ART APP
HEWSON, Robert Charles (Bob)  Weapon Mechanic
SMITH Howard Campbell  Electrician
WERE, Valentine Wilson (Val). Captain RNZN

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ANOTHER REVIEW!

Certificate of Appreciation and Veteran’s Pin

We’re reviewing the Certificate of Appreciation and Veteran’s Pin.

While we conduct the review we are not able to accept new applications for the certificate and pin. Once it’s completed we’ll be accepting applications again.

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Communications Branch Photo

Below is an image of the Communications Branch of HMNZS ROTOITI 1960-61 commission.  Click on Image to enlarge.  Thanks, Roy Sefton for image

Back Row: Sig Jake Huka, Sig Herbert Anscombe, Tel Don McMurray, Sig Stewart Boyes, Tel Miles Dalrymple, Tel Laurie Leef, Tel David Synott, Sig Charles Conroy, Sig Bryan Baker,

Front row. Tel Roy Sefton, L/Sig William Bartlett, PO Tel Geoge Rolton, Lt Beauchamp. Ch Yeoman of Sigs Leslie Thorpe, L/Tel Carl Edwards, Sig Ian Buckingham.

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A Question of Badges?

A question arose after ANZAC Day 2019 where a Communicator was seen wearing the Communication Warfare Specialist badge on the sleeve and a Sparkers badge on the cuff in a similar fashion to the Navigator Yeoman, Marksman and Ships Diving badges.

The question was posed to the Communications world and the answer is as follows:

IAW NZBR 3 Ch 2 the CWS trade is to wear their specialist trade as below.

0220. Specialist Qualification Badges

1. Badges for additional specialist qualifications awarded to ratings within the RNZN are listed below:

a. Ship’s Diver. Awarded to personnel that have completed the Defence Diver Course.
b. Navigator’s Yeoman. Awarded to personnel that have completed the Navigator’s Yeoman Course.
c. Anti-submarine Aircraft Controller. Awarded to personnel that have completed the Anti-submarine/Surface Aircraft Controller Course.
d. Marksman. Awarded to personnel that have obtained the qualification of Marksman.
e. Bugler. Awarded to personnel that have obtained the qualification of Bugler.
f. Flight Deck Officer. Awarded to personnel that have obtained the qualification of Flight Deck Officer.
g. Yeoman of Signals. Awarded to personnel that have obtained the qualification of Yeoman of Signals.
h. Radio Supervisor. Awarded to personnel that have obtained the qualification of Radio Supervisor.

2. Specialist qualification badges are not worn by Officers or Warrant Officers and are worn on the right cuff by other ratings as follows:

a. By Chief Petty Officers – 7mm above the centre cuff button on black service dress jackets.
b. By Petty Officers – 40mm above the end of the sleeve on black service dress jackets.
c. By Junior Ratings – 40mm above the end of the sleeve on black and white service jackets.

So there you go. the old branch badges continue to be recognised.

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Jack Passings – April 2019

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of April 2019. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

DUFF, Alistair Archibald WREMECH
BEAUCHAMP, John Murray, LT CDR
PATERSON Douglas Bryce TEL
DALLOW John Vernon LSIG
FENTON, John Barry PTI
PENNEY Geoffrey Arnold Seaman
CUNNINGHAM Paul Thomas Seaman

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Life in HMS REPULSE

Another great RN documentary on a life spent in HMS REPULSE a Polaris submarine.

Click HERE to view the video.   Thanks, Mole for the link.

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