October 2009 - Wellington Naval Reserve first hand view of new Inshore Patrol Craft
The Captain Naval Reserves CAPT Peter Arnold, the Commanding Officer of the Wellington Naval Reserve, LTCDR Gerad Chaplin and other members of the Wellington Naval Reserve Unit joined the Crew of the new Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS PUKAKI on her first visit to Wellington on 12 October.
After a Ships Operation and Safety Briefing the CO, LT John McQueen RNZN, put PUKAKI briskly through her paces on Wellington Harbour, including Officer of the Watch manoeuvres in company with her sister ship HMNZS Taupo, and exercising the ship's RHIB while underway.
A key new role of the Naval Reserve is supplementation of the IPV Crewing. One of the first to do so is Wellington Naval Reservist ABSEA Tony Coker, who is taking a break from his civilian painting contractor work joining the Crew of PUKAKI at Wellington on the same day, and very much looking forward to his two week posting.
OLPHERT reciprocated the hospitality and training given by HMNZS PUKAKI and extended an invitation to the crew of PUKAKI to use OLPHERT's facilities including the Ships Company Mess while in Port, which they duly did.
Image Above: HMNZS Taupo as seen from Pukaki during of the Watch manoeuvres on Wellington Harbour.
Image Above: Members of OLPHERT ships company say thanks to CO Pukaki LT J MC QUEEN RNZN.