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Navy reservists to be put through their paces

Navy Reserves conducting boat drills as part of RESERVEX 2012.

Navy Reserves conducting boat drills as part of RESERVEX 2012.

Engineers, electricians, lawyers and teachers will be among Defence Force personnel facing a range of challenges as part of a New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve training exercise in Auckland this weekend.

RESERVEX 2012, held at the Devonport Naval Base from 21-25 November, is an annual exercise designed to give Navy Volunteer Reservists the opportunity to develop and practice a range of core skills in their military areas of expertise.

Navy Volunteer Reserve units from Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will take part in the exercise which will cover Seamanship, Bridge Watch Keeping, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical and Weapons Engineering, and Maritime Trade Operations Branch training for the Navy’s specialists on maritime shipping.

Naval Volunteer Reservist and Officer in Charge of the exercise Lieutenant Commander Gerad Chaplin says "RESERVEX enables the upskilling and assessment of all components of the Naval Reserve in its operational capability. Personnel will carry out practical and simulator training during the week and a selection of employers will get to see the valuable contribution Naval Reservists make to the New Zealand Defence Force.

"The range of occupations and skills Navy Volunteer Reservists bring from their civilian jobs is invaluable to NZ Defence Force operations, and in turn, the skills learned in the military are valued by their employers."

Personnel will train on RNZN ships including the multirole vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY, Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON and Inshore Patrol Craft HMNZS ROTOITI, as well as on the Navy’s Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats.


For further information please Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group phone 021 569 130


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