Hastings Woman Controls The Flight Deck In New Caledonia
8 September 2014
Petty Officer Nicole Mattsen controls helicopter operations onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY during Exercise Croix du Sud in New Caledonia.
From dealing with disciplinary issues to controlling a ship's flight deck, Petty Officer Naval Police (PONP) Nicole Mattsen, 24, from Hastings, enjoys the variety her role in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) offers.
PONP Mattsen, a former Karamu High pupil, is the only Naval Police officer onboard the Navy’s amphibious support vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY. In this role she deals with any disciplinary issues that may arise, and assists with ship personnel management.
Her secondary role onboard is as a Flight Deck Officer in training, controlling helicopter operations on HMNZS CANTERBURY. It is that role which has been her main duty during Exercise Croix du Sud, a two week exercise conducted biennially in New Caledonia, that is just drawing to a close.
Nine nations are working together during Exercise Croix du Sud, providing an opportunity for relevant and realistic multinational training in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), and non-combatant evacuation operations. This is of great benefit to the NZDF, which over the past 12 months has deployed in support of HADR initiatives after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and after floods in the Solomon Islands.
PONP Mattsen said Exercise Croix du Sud has given her the opportunity to travel to a new country, continue her training, and build skills which will upgrade her to an unsupervised flight deck officer role.
“The RNZN has given me a great lifestyle, the opportunity to meet new people and experience countries that I normally wouldn’t find myself in,” said PONP Mattsen.
When HMNZS CANTERBURY returns to Auckland PONP Mattsen would like to post to an ANZAC frigate to experience a new Navy environment, and to continue her studies towards a Legal Executive Diploma through the Open Polytechnic, funded through the NZ Defence Force.
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