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October 2005 - PEGASUS: Navy Anniversary Celebrations in Christchurch

PEGASUS Canterbury Employer of the Year award . From left: Brigadier Tim Brewer, Director Defence Employee Support Programme; Mr Murray Franks, NZ Operations Manager, BNT (NZ) Ltd; Leading Shipping Controller Nigel McFadyen, award nominator and Manager Christchurch branch BNT (NZ) Ltd; Commander Mike Goldsworthy, CO Pegasus

The Navy’s 64th Anniversary was celebrated in Christchurch recently with two events over the weekend of 7-9 October 2005.

A reception was held at the Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve's (RNZNVR) Christchurch Base, HMNZS PEGASUS, on Friday 7 October, during which the RNZNVR's Canterbury Employer of the Year was announced. The award is presented to the company that provides the most active encouragement to its employee, a member of the Volunteer Reserves, and thereby makes a significant contribution to the defence and security interests of New Zealand.  This award recognises the very important role that employers of Naval Reservists play in creating the right environment for them to pursue their part time Naval career. The winner of the 2005 award was Brakes & Transmission NZ Ltd, nominated by their Christchurch Branch Manager, LSC Nigel McFadyen.

Image from left: Brigadier Tim Brewer, Director Defence Employee Support Programme; Mr Murray Franks, NZ Operations Manager, BNT (NZ) Ltd; Leading Shipping Controller Nigel McFadyen, award nominator and Manager Christchurch branch BNT (NZ) Ltd; Commander Mike Goldsworthy, CO Pegasus

The annual Seafarer's Service was held on Sunday 9 October at the Christchurch Cathedral. The theme for this year's service, which included the parade of service flags and banners, was the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Commander Steven Montgomery, Royal Australian Navy, gave the main address.

An added highlight this year was the handing over of the last White Ensign flown in the recently decommissioned frigate HMNZS CANTERBURY, retired after more than 33 years operational service. Chief Petty Officer Yeoman of Signals, Matthew Green, the last Chief Yeoman to serve in the ship, carried the White Ensign into the Cathedral, where it will be laid up in perpetuity.

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