May 2010 - Sea Training onboard HAWEA
HMNZS HAWEA looked pretty impressive when we drove out of the Lyttelton tunnel and saw her waiting to take us for a day's sea training... The first thing that does grab you when you're alongside is that our IPV's are really sleek and formidable.
It's a RNZN ship and it's smart, damn smart. The CO, Lt Grant Judson, welcomed the 17 strong group of officers, senior and junior ratings from HMNZS PEGASUS with encouragement and challenge about the day ahead. We would not be hanging back and being observers, we would be in amongst it, pairing up with Hawea's crew, learning and experiencing tasks on the job. This was just the kind of in your face training the Pegasus team were looking for. So from the XO (Executive Officer) of PEGASUS, LtCdr Paul Smith, to our newest OSEA Clemens, Hoskins, and Stewart the day was off to a cracking start, all hands on deck.
Image Right: PEGASUS Ships company fall in as HAWEA departs Lyttleton Harbour.
PEGASUS' crew were encouraged to take the lead, starting with colours, lining the quarterdeck and forecastle as HAWEA left the harbour. It's a proud feeling to be a part of this exceptional ships company in the RNZN.
Once out of the heads the training began in earnest. DC (damage control) being first up. Smoke machines were working overtime as the exercise took on a real urgency. The PEGASUS contingent getting every ounce of simulated DC/BA training they could. The HAWEA's ships company offered and shared assistance and tips the whole day, the fraternity of regular/reserve getting great traction and cohesion. Fire hose instruction followed and was first class, and the PEGASUS team did not hang back, and got stuck in. Once again we got to admire the skill and the total professionalism of the HAWEA's crew.
Man over board saw Sub Lt Cook (navigator) from HAWEA "fall" into the drink for an emergency sea extraction. Seeing and feeling HAWEA literally turn on a dime to retrieve the man in the water was outstanding. Such phenomenal power and performance. ASEA Chappell (PEGASUS) was the rescue diver and both men were pulled from the briny with speed and accuracy. PEGASUS ships company were treated to a substantial lunch, the fare most enjoyable. Thank you Leading Chef Von!
After lunch it was time for the rhib's. These are extraordinary pieces of kit, expertly displayed by HAWEA's coxswains. Many of the team from PEGASUS, including the writer of this article, were given hands on experience and this was seriously exhilarating and valuable training to every man. The time sped by and we seemed to be back alongside far too early.
All things must come to an end but the camaraderie, seamanship and bon ami extended to the HMNZS PEGASUS team, was unforgettable.
HMNZS HAWEA and a days training with her ships company is a really good reason why we are in the Naval Reserve, it helps us strive to be the best in everything we do.
A/Lt Mark Hadlow RNZNVR
(PR) HMNZS PEGASUS
Image Above: Water on....... DC training onboard HMNZS Hawea.
Image Above: ASEA Strachan in control of one of HAWEA's Rhibs.