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"I have the Ship" - Change of Command for HMNZS ROTOITI

Photo caption: 20110620­_PH_T1015674­_0031 - Official portrait of Lieutenant Layamon Bakewell.

Photo caption: 20110620­_PH_T1015674­_0031 - Official portrait of Lieutenant Layamon Bakewell.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A ceremony to mark the official change of Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS ROTOITI, will be held Thursday 23 June 2011 at 1:30pm, at the Devonport Naval Base.

During the ceremony Lieutenant Andrew Hogg will relinquish command of HMNZS ROTOITI and Lieutenant Layamon Bakewell will assume command.

The Change of Command Ceremony is traditionally formal and impressive – designed to strengthen the respect for authority, which is vital to any military organisation. The changing of command takes place when Lieutenant Hogg states “You have the ship” and Lieutenant Bakewell replies “I have the ship”. 

Witnessing the ceremony will be the crew of HMNZS ROTOITI, invited guests, family and friends. The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr, will be officiating the Change of Command ceremony.


Lieutenant Layamon Bakewell was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2002 as a General List Executive Officer.

On completion of his Junior Officer Common Training Lieutenant Bakewell completed his Basic Bridge Watch-Keeping Certificate prior to attending University under the Tangaroa Scheme run by the Navy. He completed his Business Studies Degree majoring in Management at the end of 2004.

In December 2004 he joined HMNZS TE MANA for five months, prior to attending the Advanced Bridge Watch-Keeping Course. Following his success on the course he was rewarded with the opportunity to serve on exchange with the Royal Navy on the Type 42 destroyer HMS NOTTINGHAM. He joined NOTTINGHAM in September 2005 and returned to Auckland in May 2007.  Lieutenant Bakewell was awarded his Bridge Watch-Keeping certificate in June 2006. 

He took command of HMNZS WAKAKURA in May 2007. As an inshore patrol craft, WAKAKURA’s primary role was to provide support to Other Government Agencies, including the Ministry of Fisheries and the New Zealand Customs Service. WAKAKURA was decommissioned in December 2007, to make way for the new class of inshore patrol vessels.

Lieutenant Bakewell completed the Ships Command Course in February 2008 and then joined TE MANA, as a Bridge Watch-Keeper, for her work up and subsequent deployment to the Arabian Gulf.  On TE MANA’s return from the Gulf he took up the role of Executive Officer of HMNZS RESOLUTION, prior to being appointed as the Commissioning Executive Officer of the Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON; the newest addition to New Zealand’s naval fleet.  During his time as Executive Officer, WELLINGTON deployed to the Ross Sea; the first time an RNZN vessel has done so in over 40 years. 

Lieutenant Bakewell will take command of the Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS ROTOITI on 23 June 2011.

In his spare time he is studying towards a Masters of Business Studies through Massey University.  He is a keen sportsman playing both Cricket and Golf.  His other interests include Rugby, Mountain Biking and Skiing. He lives on Auckland’s North Shore with his wife Rachelle, and daughter Victoria.


Media are welcome to attend the Change of Command Ceremony at the Devonport Naval Base. Photographic Identification is required for entry to the Naval Base. 

For further information, requests for interviews and registrations of interest to attend the ceremony, please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell on 021 244 0638


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