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Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON)

Warrant Officer of the Navy, WOCWS Wayne Dyke
Warrant Officer Wayne Dyke

WOCWS Dyke joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as an Ordinary Communicator on 24 September 1986.  

WOCWS Dyke’s sea service has included successful postings to HMNZS WELLINGTON (FFH), SOUTHLAND, MONOWAI, CANTERBURY (FFH), ENDEAVOUR, TAUPO, and TE MANA.  WOCWS Dyke has served ashore in Naval Shore Establishments TAMAKI, PHILOMEL and HQNZDF (NAVY) and Defence Establishments HQNZDF and HQJFNZ in a variety of warfare, strategy and project roles.  

WOCWS Dyke commenced duties in the newly formed Fleet Communications Specialist, RNZN MOET role in August 2006 and promoted to Warrant Officer in April 2007. The RNZN MOET is responsible for evaluating all levels of readiness of ships and some key shore establishments. November 2008 WOCWS Dyke was posted to the Fleet Personnel and Organisation as the Career Manager OPERATIONS.

In 2009 WOCWS Dyke completed the Warrant Officer Advance Course at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. This included an overseas study tour to Singapore and India. The WOAC provided WOCWS Dyke with higher level professional military education that has prepared him for strategic advisory positions with the NZDF. The course allowed WOCWS Dyke to extend his network of personnel at the CWO/RSM level within the NZDF and internationally.

In 2011 WOCWS Dyke was appointed the Command Warrant Officer of HMNZS TE MANA. Throughout his time on board he was involved in mentoring of sailors and advising the Command on welfare and morale of the Ships Company. He sat as an equal on the Senior Leadership Team. During this period the leadership team developed and implemented the ‘Frigate lock up routine’. During his time, TE MANA participated in international Defence diplomacy engagements, a number of international exercises, an ANZAC Class work up and Counter Piracy operations.

In 2014 WOCWS Dyke was posted to the staff of Assistant Chief Navy (Strategy) as a Special Projects Officer where he was involved in compiling the Navy’s Annual Plan for FY 14/15. Later that same year he was seconded to the HRMIS Project in a Business Process Specialist role. On roll out of the project WOCWS Dyke posted back to Auckland as the Navy Personnel Systems Officer to assist with the transition to the new personnel reporting and management system for Navy.

WOCWS Dyke is the recipient of a number of medals and awards. He has been awarded the Long Service Good Conduct Medal and the Defence Meritorious Service Medal. He also holds the NZ General Service medal with Arabian Sea and Iraq clasps, NZ General Service medals Counter Piracy, Afghanistan-Secondary, NZ East Timor medal, NATO medal (Africa) and the INTERFET medal.

WOCWS Dyke was appointed the 8th Warrant Officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy on the 20th February 2017.

WOCWS Dyke is married to Nat’sha (Nardi) and they have two children, Christiana and Patrick.  

He heramana ahau – I am Sailor

Warrant Officer Wayne Dyke - Biography [PDF]

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