Commanding Officer OLPHERT: 2008 - 2009
Lieutenant Commander G.T
(Gerad) Chaplin,VRD, RNZNVR
Lieutenant Commander Chaplin joined the Wellington Division of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMNZS OLPHERT as an ordinary Seaman in 1986, was commissioned in July 1989 as a Seaman Officer and promoted to Ensign in Jan 1990.
Lt Cdr Chaplin has served at sea in HMNZ Ships TUI, MONOWAI, HAWEA, TAKAPU, KAHU, HINAU, KIWI, MOA and WAKAKURA. After completing the necessary Damage Control and seaman officer training courses he was awarded his Grade Three Bridge Watch keeping certificate in 1996. Shortly after, he was promoted to Lieutenant.
Gerad completed the Reserve staff Officer Course at HMNZS Tamaki, Devonport Naval Base in 1996 and also successfully attended the Joint Canadian Reserve Staff College programme in 2005/06.
He completed fifteen years efficient service in April 2001 and was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Decoration. He then undertook the command assessment on HMNZS Hinau and on completion was awarded the Minor War Vessel Charge Certificate in May 2001. Gerad was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 31 July 2001.
In July 2005 Lt Cdr Chaplin was appointed as Executive Officer of HMNZS OLPHERT after roles as Operations, Training and Recruiting officer. He was appointed into the position of Commanding Officer HMNZS OLPHERT on 5 August 2008, and reappointed on 3 August 2010 after operational service in Timor Leste.
Lt Cdr Chaplin was born in Wellington and attended Viard College, Porirua. He was a member of TS Taupo, the sea cadet unit based in Mana before transferring to the Wellington (no 1 Squadron) and later the Porirua Air Training Cadet unit (no 41 Squadron).
Gerad attended Victoria University gaining a BCA in 1989. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in various policy and financial roles in the Public Sector. He is presently employed by the New Zealand Defence Force in the NZ Army Corporate Support unit as the Regional Finance Manager. Previous roles in the NZDF have been with Army Corporate Support as Management Accountant, HQ NZDF Finance and Joint Forces HQ as the Maritime Finance Advisor.
He is married to Tracey and they have a teenage daughter and son.
Lt Cdr Chaplin deployed to Timor Leste as part of NZDF contingent in the role of Deputy Contract Manager from December 2009 to May 2010.