Commanding Officer - HMNZS OLPHERT
Lieutenant Commander R (Richard) DAVIES, RNZN
Lieutenant Commander Richard Davies was born in
Whakatane and grew up in Rotorua, where he attended Western Heights High
School. He joined the RNZNVR at HMNZS
OLPHERT on November 2nd 1976 as an Ordinary Seaman.
Lieutenant Commander Davies transferred
to HMNZS NGAPONA with his employment in 1977 and completed initial military
training at HMNZS TAMAKI the same year.
In 1981 Lieutenant Commander Davies
transferred to the Naval Control
of Shipping Branch to align with his civilian occupation as a maritime radio
operator. Lieutenant Commander
Davies has participated in a number of local and
international NCS exercises, as well as serving in Seaward Defence Motor
Launches HMNZ Ships MANGA, PAEA, KUPARU, MAKO and KOURA, Inshore Patrol Craft
HMNZ Ships HINAU, WAKAKURA and MOA, Lake Class Patrol Craft HMNZS PUKAKI,
Oceanographic Research Ship HMNZS TUI, Leander class frigate HMNZS WAIKATO, and
Naval Communications Stations at HMNZS PHILOMEL and HMNZS IRIRANGI. Over this
period, Lieutenant Commander Davies reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer
Shipping Controller and was awarded three Good Conduct Badges, and the Long
Service and Good Conduct Medal with one bar.
Lieutenant Commander Davies returned to
HMNZS OLPHERT in 1986, and was commissioned from the ranks in 2002 as a
Lieutenant Commander Davies has served
in HMNZS OLPHERT as the Training Officer and Senior Maritime Trade
Officer. In July 2007 Lieutenant
Commander Davies was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and in
2010 was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMNZS OLPHERT – a post he held
In 2011 Lieutenant Commander Davies was one of two Reserve Force officers
selected for overseas staff training, and in 2012, graduated from the Canadian
Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, Canada with a Masters degree in Defence studies.
In 2014, Lieutenant Commander Davies transferred
to the RNZN on a Regular Force contract as Deputy Director, Navy Strategic
Plans and Performance. In early 2015, he
was appointed as Commanding Officer HMNZS OLPHERT, assuming command in a ceremony
on 31st March.
Lieutenant Commander Davies is married and has three children.