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July 2009 - Reserve Officer at sea on HAWEA
SLT Morgan RNZNR recently spent a two week training period as Officer of the Watch (OOW) on one of the new Inshore Patrol Craft - HMNZS HAWEA. Andrew is the first reserve officer to spend time on these new vessels undergoing OOW training at sea.
In preparation SLT Morgan read as many manuals and information he could find on the bridge systems and learnt how to use them while alongside giving him a good foundation and base knowledge for when HAWEA went to sea.
Image Right: SLT Morgan onboard HAWEA during OOW manoeuvres.
During his time onboard, HAWEA was completing it's workup as part of it's acceptance into the fleet, so he was able to participate in all the exercises that the crew were required to complete. These included Navigation, Man Over Board, Emergency breakdown exercises, Vertrep (transfer of personnel by helicopter) and many others.
SLT Morgan is looking forward to his next posting to an IPV where he hopes to gain his platform endorsement which will allow him to be a qualified OOW at sea.