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Commanding Officer - HMNZS OLPHERT


Lieutenant Commander Kerry Moloney, RNZNVR

Kerry Moloney joined the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in April 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, Pattern Making, Boiler, Blacksmith, Fitting, Copper Smithing, Tin Smithing 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; MANGA, PAEA, PARORE, MAKO, KUPARU and HAKU 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 2004.  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.


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 July 2010.  He has previously held the appointments of Recruiting Officer, HoD Training, HoD – Engineering, Weapons Officer, and Liaison Officer and Mentor to attached SNR personnel. Appointed Executive Officer in January 2013 he previously held the role of National Training Co-ordinator (Technical).  This role has been restructured into the new role of Head of Trade (Technical).


He holds Trade and Advanced Trade Certificates in Fitting (NZR), New Zealand Certificates in Mechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance, and a Marine Engineering Charge Certificate Class 3 (Steam).


He has extensive experience in Marine, Manufacturing, Mechanical, and Construction Engineering.  He is married with grown up children and resides in Wellington.



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