July 2013: OLPHERT Reservists take the Plunge
Taking advantage of the Wellington Port visit of the Inshore Patrol Craft HMNZS PUKAKI, there was an enthusiastic turnout of the Wellington Naval Reserve Unit HMNZS OLPHERT personnel of all ranks who joined with members of the local Sea Cadet Units to undertake Navy Sea Survival Training.
Right: Wellington Naval Reservist ABSEA Stanislav Shateev about to take the plunge as part of his Sea Survival training at Queens Wharf Wellington.
Carried out in both at HMNZS OLPHERT and at Queens Wharf, under the supervision of RNZN Petty Officer Darryl Tarr, the objective of the training was to ensure all personnel intending to serve on in RNZN Ships are trained to the required Navy Standard in both the theory and practice of a variety of Sea Survival techniques.
This included the use of Navy Life Jackets and Life rafts, with the highlight a bracing winter’s day plunge into Wellington Harbour, with HMNZS PUKAKI’s personnel manning the Ship’s RHIB on standby as the Safety Boat for this training exercise.
Below: Members of the Wellington Naval Reserve Unit HMNZS OLPHERT join with local Sea Cadets to undertake Sea Survival training at Queens Wharf Wellington, with support from the crew of HMNZS PUKAKI.