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New Naval Officers and Sailors Ready for Carrers

New Zealand Defence Force

Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release

22 June, 2006

New Naval Officers and Sailors Ready for Service Careers

Almost 100 new Naval personnel will graduate in a combined Officer and sailor graduation parade on Friday 23 June at 10.30am at the Devonport Naval Base.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal David Bamfield, will review the parade, present prizes and welcome the graduates to the Navy and the New Zealand Defence Force.

The 28 Naval Officers and 70 sailor graduates have undertaken initial training under the Leadership Development Group, Devonport Naval Base.

The training period covered diverse and challenging areas from fire-fighting, sail training, sea survival, sword and pack drill, to naval history and traditions. After many hours (and miles) of physical fitness training through to classroom instruction and leadership and management skills, all has been designed to provide a foundation of skills and knowledge for their future Naval careers.

The top prize for the best overall graduating Officer is the Minister of Defence Sword of Honour. The top prize for sailors is the Spencer Tewsley Cup and Tankard, presented to the best all round new entry trainee. A number of other prizes will also be awarded at the Parade.

ENDS

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