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TEK Change of Command Dec 5 2014

HMNZS TE KAHA Change of Command ceremony and promotion

CDR Simon Griffiths has assumed command of the Anzac frigate HMNZS TE KAHA from CDR David Mc Ewan, who had been Commanding Officer since February 2013. The Change of Command ceremony took place at Devonport Naval Base on 5 December, presided over by Chief of Navy RADM Jack Steer.

Immediately after the ceremony, Commander McEwan was promoted to Captain to take up his new post of Captain Fleet Operational Support.

TE KAHA has a very busy year ahead including being at Gallipoli for the 100th Anniversary commemoration of Anzac Day on April 25.

CDR Griffiths has had extensive sea-going experience in the Navy, which he joined as a Midshipman in January 1992. Among other ships he has served onboard the former frigate HMNZS WELLINGTON, the tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, the hydrographic survey patrol vessel HMNZS TARAPUNGA, the hydrographic survey vessel HMNZS RESOLUTION and the frigate HMNZS CANTERBURY.

CDR Griffiths was appointed as the inaugural Commanding Officer of the Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS WELLINGTON in June 2010. During his time in command of WELLINGTON he successfully brought the ship into operational service, before completing several sub-Antarctic island resupply operations, the RNZN’s first deployment to Antarctica in 40 years, and the RNZN’s first ever high seas fisheries patrol in the South West Pacific. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Decoration in the 2011 New Year Honours List for his leadership during WELLINGTON’s inaugural Antarctica deployment.

He was promoted to Commander in March 2012, and served as the Base Support Commander at Devonport Naval Base until September 2013. He was then appointed as the Lead Planner for the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Counter Measures Exercise, which was hosted by the RNZN in February and March of 2014. For his performance and leadership in organising the exercise CDR Griffiths was awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation.

Picture: CDR Griffiths (left) accepts TE KAHA’s Symbol of Command from CDR McEwan.

New alcohol policy to champion responsible Navy drinking 


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