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Invercargill Sailor Represents Navy in South Pacific

Petty Officer Radio Supervisor Karen Owens in port at Apia, Samoa.

7 June 2012

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Petty Officer Radio Supervisor Karen Owens, from Invercargill, is on board the HMNZS OTAGO for a three month tour of the South Pacific.

OTAGO stopped in Samoa on 31 May 2012 for the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations, where Karen joined personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in a parade and march past as part of the 1 June event.

Karen has been in the Navy for ten years, and says being a part of the Independence Anniversary parade was a great experience but the heat provided some challenges.

"We marched out to the parade ground at 6am, and as the sun rose it got so hot. We didn’t march past the dignitaries until about 8.30am, so it was definitely the hardest parade I’ve ever been a part of. I felt really proud though, representing New Zealand and the Navy on such an important occasion."

Karen attended James Hargest High School, and joined the Navy on a spur of the moment decision. She wanted to see the world, and has absolutely no regrets about that decision. She’s been posted to HMNZS TE KAHA, HMNZS MANAWANUI, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR and the decommissioned HMNZS CANTERBURY.

The highlight of her career so far has been the Canadian Fleet Review and visit to the USA with HMNZS TE KAHA in 2010. She’s looking forward to the rest of her tour around the South Pacific.

"I’m really interested in seeing some of the other islands, as I’ve only been to Samoa and Rarotonga previously."


Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Petty Officer Radio Supervisor Karen Owens, from Invercargill, is on board the HMNZS OTAGO for a three month tour of the South Pacific.

OTAGO stopped in Samoa on 31 May 2012 for the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations, where Karen joined personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in a parade and march past as part of the 1 June event.

Karen has been in the Navy for ten years, and says being a part of the Independence Anniversary parade was a great experience but the heat provided some challenges.

"We marched out to the parade ground at 6am, and as the sun rose it got so hot. We didn’t march past the dignitaries until about 8.30am, so it was definitely the hardest parade I’ve ever been a part of. I felt really proud though, representing New Zealand and the Navy on such an important occasion."

Karen attended James Hargest High School, and joined the Navy on a spur of the moment decision. She wanted to see the world, and has absolutely no regrets about that decision. She’s been posted to HMNZS TE KAHA, HMNZS MANAWANUI, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR and the decommissioned HMNZS CANTERBURY.

The highlight of her career so far has been the Canadian Fleet Review and visit to the USA with HMNZS TE KAHA in 2010. She’s looking forward to the rest of her tour around the South Pacific.

"I’m really interested in seeing some of the other islands, as I’ve only been to Samoa and Rarotonga previously."


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