Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Devonport Navy officer gets experience on US Icebreaker

Lieutenant Sophie Going joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) for travel and adventure and she has found both, travelling to Antarctica recently on an American icebreaker.

Lieutenant Going, 26, from Devonport, will be the navigator on the RNZN’s new ship Aotearoa, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.

That ship will travel to Antarctica every two years, so to help prepare Lieutenant Going joined the crew of the United States Coastguard ship Polar Star to experience its icebreaking operation on the month-long voyage.

Aotearoa, which is being built in South Korea, is expected to make its first trip to Antarctica in the 2021 summer season. It will follow an icebreaker ship to McMurdo, in the channel it has created.

“We learnt lots about how sea ice forms and different sizes and thicknesses of ice,” Lieutenant Going said. “Some of it is easier to navigate through than others, based on its age and the formation.”

The Polar Star has a flat section at the front, before the keel begins. That enables it to ride up on the ice and, when it catches the keel, use the weight of the ship to crush the ice.

“It feels like a consistent earthquake,” Lieutenant Going said. “When you’re eating you have to chase your dinner around the table.”

The Polar Star isn’t the first foreign military vessel Lieutenant Going has worked on – she has also spent time on Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as a French frigate in Noumea.


“There are always similarities between New Zealand and foreign military ships, because we operate in a similar way,” she said.



However, her latest deployment to Antarctica was unlike any other she had been on.

It’s a totally different environment – really cold and dry. I guess you read and hear about Antarctica and it being an inhospitable place and it absolutely is, but it’s beautiful too. We saw orcas, minke whales, seals and Adélie penguins.”

Even though Lieutenant Going grew up in Devonport, next to the naval base, she has no military family history. However, she reckons that proximity probably influenced her career choice.

“I wanted to join the military because I like travel, adventure and having the opportunity to do something totally different to what most New Zealanders get to do.

“Dad suggested the Navy, so I learnt more about what being in the RNZN entailed
and I thought it sounded like a pretty cool job.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government Confirms Royal Commission of Inquiry:

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles
Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines. “An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels