November 2009 - Wardroom Mess Dinner (Ngapona)
The annual Mess Dinner of HMNZS Ngapona was held on 7th November 2009 at the Philomel Wardroom, Devonport Naval Base. Hosted by the Executive Officer LTCDR Bob Mohammed VRD, RNZNVR.
The Guest Speaker was Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Defence. Dr Mapp spoke highly of the contributions the reserves makes to the NZDF.
Some 55 guests consisting of serving and retired officers from both the reserve and regular force attended the event.
Ngapona retired officers, included past commanding officers along with some characters from Ngapona past were also present, which made for a most enjoyable evening. The Army was represented by officers from the 3rd Auckland North regiment.
One of the highlights included the awarding of the Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VRD) by the Minister to LT Stephan Hansen RNZNVR. The VRD is awarded after 15 years service in the Naval Reserve.
Above Image: LT Stephan Hansen VRD RNZNVR is presented his Medal by the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Defence at Ngapona Mess Dinner.