August 2009 - HMNZS RESOLUTION Sea Training
HMNZS RESOLUTION departed Dunedin on Friday 31 July with three TOROA personnel onboard for continuation training. All three report that the training received was valuable and the general reception and acceptance of them onboard was very good. All have also mentioned that CPO Harrison did a very good job as their training supervisor. The following are a few thoughts from LT Ray McLellan RNZNVR, Operations Officer HMNZS Toroa:
Above Image: Resolution alongside Dunedin.
We sailed Dunedin at 1000 on Friday 31 July and commenced VR training immediately on clearing Taiaroa Head. This involved MOBEX with recovery by seaboat giving the ratings RHIB coxswain and bowman training and ship handling familiarization for myself. The Command Intent was safe passage to Lyttelton with VR training and the ship’s programme reflected this. During the day the VR ratings conducted taskbook training which consisted of lectures and evolutions overseen by CPOSCS Harrison and assisted by ship’s staff. The VR personnel were integrated into the watchbill and performed the duties of helmsman and lookout.
As the SOA was reasonably low, we were able to conduct anchorage and pilotage training at Akaroa before proceeding to Lyttelton on Sunday 2 September. We berthed briefly in Lyttelton on Sunday morning to embark friends and family of an ex-VR sailor for a scattering of ashes ceremony, returning alongside Lyttleton where we remained until Wednesday. During this period, alongside training was conducted for Pegasus personnel.
During the passage to Wellington more taskbook training and seamanship evolutions were achieved and I spent the time on the bridge becoming familiar with ECPINS and being tested with ECCDs and emergency drills. I also spent a period in the machinery spaces becoming familiar with the plant. At this time I was conducting AOOW duties with the NO and was tasked by the CO with the pilotage for a night anchorage at Kaikoura and weighing the next morning.
Above Image: RHIB training while underway.
On berthing in Wellington the officers were invited by Naval Staff to an RPC at HQNZDF. This was an enjoyable occasion and I was able to catch up with many colleagues I had worked with in the past. Once again alongside training was conducted with personnel from Olphert taking advantage of this.
When we sailed from Wellington the CO informed me he was happy for me to stand my own watches (much to the delight of the other seaman officers) and I was slotted into the OOW watchbill. The transit to Auckland required a high SOA which precluded delaying evolutions however training continued and OSEA Tyson completed his taskbook and OSEA Greer completed everything that he could on board.
The officers and ship’s company of Resolution went out of their way to accommodate the VR training and integrated us as much as possible into the ships routine. Resolution is an ideal platform for this type of generic training and I would strongly support and recommend future opportunities to do this.