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Largest training course in nine years graduates

Largest Naval training course in nine years graduates

On the eve of ANZAC Day, Minister of Defence Mark Burton has congratulated 115 graduates of the Basic Common Training Course at Devonport Naval Base—the largest training class in nearly a decade.

“You are now part of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), an organisation that has a proud tradition of service, both to New Zealand and to the international community.

“As an island nation, we are responsible for vast areas of ocean—not only for our own economic well-being, but also for wider management and conservation of the sea’s resources.

“But New Zealand is engaged with the wider world as well, and we are an active and consistent supporter of the United Nations. Te Mana’s current role in the global war on terrorism is just the latest example of how our nation interacts with the world. RNZN ships and sailors have played a full part in New Zealand’s contribution to many UN multi-national operations: the Korean War; the recent deployment to East Timor; and our current commitment to Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Tomorrow is ANZAC Day—a day when we as a nation celebrate the values we share, and commemorate the men and women who fought to preserve those values in the wars of last century. ANZAC Day is not a day to glorify war. Rather, it is a day when we come together to remember with sorrow and pride all those who were willing to risk - and make, the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

“We will also celebrate our peacekeepers—your fellow sailors, soldiers and airmen and women—who even today are on duty in a dozen nations, putting their military training to work to prevent violence and keep the peace.

“I congratulate all of you who are graduating today. You are taking your place as part of the proud tradition of the NZDF. New Zealand’s service men and women—be they Air Force, Army, and Navy—have an international reputation for serving with honour and distinction.

“I know that each of you will shoulder your responsibilities in carrying that tradition on.”

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