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Picton Man Picks Up Navy Prize

OMT Alexander Skene with reviewing officer, Maggie Barry.

19 April 2013

Picton man Ordinary Marine Technician (OMT) Alexander Skene is one of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s newest sailors and was recently recognised for attaining the highest level mariner skills during the Basic Common Training course.

His prize was presented to him in front of family and friends at a Graduation Parade held on Friday 12 April at Devonport Naval Base. OMT Skene was one of 74 men and women who graduated after 13 weeks of naval training.

"Initial training was awesome. There were some lows at the time, but looking back I have no regrets," says OMT Skene.

The Navy training included an intense level of physical training, precision marching and parade training and an academic programme covering naval history, discipline, core values and maritime skills.

This resulted in some immediate changes. "My fitness has improved immensely and I have lost heaps of weight. I have also made heaps of new friends."

"I am hoping to get posted to one of the frigates, TE KAHA or TE MANA."

OMT Skene’s hobbies of diving, swimming and fishing also reflect his love of the maritime environment.

OMT Skene attended Queen Charlotte College.

The Recruit Training Squadron Mariner Skills Excellence Award is awarded to the Basic Common Trainee who demonstrates the highest level of skills during mariner training.


For more information, contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall on 021 224 0638.

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