April 2014: Change of Command at HMNZS NGAPONA.
HMNZS NGAPONA recently held a Change of Command ceremony at the unit. LTCDR Andrew Curlewis RNZNR relinquished command to LTCDR Gerard McGrath RNZNVR at a ceremony presided over by Deputy Chief of Navy.
The following is an excerpt from LTCDR G McGrath RNZNVR speech to his Ships Company.
Photo Right: LTCDR Gerard McGrath RNZNVR Official Portrait.
It is a great honour to be appointed the Commanding Officer of Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship NGAPONA. To take one of the lines from the new Navy Creed: “I will follow those above me and lead those below me.”
If one of my fellow Ratings had said to me twenty years ago, as I polished my parade boots for the umpteenth time during New Entry training at HMS RALEIGH in Plymouth, that I would one day be a Commanding Officer of a ship in Her Majesty’s New Zealand Navy, I would have looked at them blankly and given them my other boot to polish in order to concentrate their fantastical mind. But, here we are!
To NGAPONA Ships Company: NGAPONA’s motto is “We Serve Together”. We, including the Tauranga Unit, are all part of the Navy family. Continually strive for Courage, Commitment and Comradeship – this is not a hollow repetition of our Core Values, but a call for you to really think about what these words mean to you.
This year will be as busy as ever. Look out for each other, support one another and ask for assistance and guidance when required. You all belong, you all matter and you can all make a difference.
Be proud to be Reservists.
Above: The new Commanding Officer LTCDR G McGrath RNZNR receives his Command Directive from Deputy Chief of the Navy Commodore Dean Mc Dougal OMNZ RNZN.
Above: The new Commanding Officer addresses his ships company for the first time.
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