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Commanding Officer - HMNZS OLPHERT

LTCDR Richard Davies RNZNVR

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 Sub-Lieutenant. 


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 until 2013.

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.  

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