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Commanding Officer - HMNZS OLPHERT


Lieutenant Commander Kerry Moloney, RNZNVR

Kerry Moloney joined the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in January 1972 as a Junior Seaman.  He then went on to join the Royal New Zealand Navy in September 1973 as a Weapons Electrical Mechanic.


Early career highlights included graduating at the top of his basic training course; graduating at the top of his specialist training course, and being drafted to the frigate HMNZS CANTERBURY (Captain F11).


When serving on CANTERBURY as a Weapon Mechanic he participated in the 1975 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise  This experience gave him insight into United States Navy operational techniques and first hand knowledge into surface and sub surface weapon systems as an operator and maintainer.


In December 1975 he was discharged from the Royal New Zealand Navy at his own request and pursued an Engineering career with the New Zealand Railways in January 1976.  He gained extensive experience in the operation of Foundry, Patternmaking, Boilermaking, Blacksmith, Machine and Sheetmetal Shops along with expertise in Diesel Electric and Electric Locomotive repair and overhaul.


A career highlight with New Zealand Railways was his appointment as a Laboratory Technician where he carried out destructive and non destructive testing of materials and equipment, consulting and reporting to TELARC standards. He also taught Mathematics, Engineering Science and Technical Drawing to Advanced Trade Certificate level.


In October 1979 he re engaged from the Royal New Zealand Navy Fleet Reserve into the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.


As a Reservist he has served as a Marine Engineering Rating on the Seaward Defence Motor Launches; MAKO, MANGA, PAEA, PARORE, and KOURA and the Lake Class Patrol Boats; PUKAKI, ROTOITI and TAUPO.


In November 1985 he was awarded an Inshore Patrol Craft Marine Engineering Charge Certificate and has subsequently served as the Marine Engineering Officer aboard, MOA, KIWI, WAKAKURA and HINAU.


He was awarded his RNZNVR LSGCM in August 1992 and his first clasp in June 2005.  In December 2000 he was the recipient of the inaugural ‘Lieutenant Commander Chris Caldwell’ award to acknowledge the extra ordinary efforts by a member of his ships company for the previous 12 months.  For his professionalism and courage in the recovery of his sea boats crew due to an accident during OPERATION COOK in August 2004, he was awarded a Commanding Officers Commendation.


Throughout his career he has been involved in a number of Search and Rescue Operations, the most notable being that of the Russian cruise ship MIKHAIL LERMONTOV in February 1986.


Promoted to Command Warrant Officer in March 2004, he commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in July 2006, was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2007 and to Lieutenant Commander in June 2011.  He has previously held appointments as HoD Recruitment and Retention, HoD Training and Development, HoD Technical, National Training Co-ordinator (Technical) Naval Reserve, Executive Officer OLPHERT, Head of Trade (Technical) and RNZNR Liaison Officer.


Lieutenant Commander Moloney holds New Zealand Certificates in Mechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance, a Marine Engineering Charge Certificate Class 3 (Steam), and various Trade and Advanced Trade Certificates.


He graduated psac from the Australian Defence Force Staff College, Canberra in July 2016.


On 26 June 2018 he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMNZS OLPHERT which is his current appointment.


Kerry is employed with Wellington Mechanical Services contracting company in the capacity of Contracts Engineer / HVAC Project Manager where he manages and is fiscally responsible for multi disciplined projects valued up to $15m.


He is married, has adult children and resides in Wellington



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