The Manager’s Message

Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer.

By Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer, RNZN Naval Community Organisation Manager

A most important function of the navy is to be able to deploy ships overseas to take part in training exercises, provide diplomatic support and assist our allies in areas of conflict. For those at sea not taking part in overseas missions, valuable security and constabulary duties are conducted in our Economic Exclusion Zone and without appropriate shore support both the aforesaid would be a diffi cult reality.

Toward the end of this month we will have three ships - HMNZS Endeavour, Te Kaha and Te Mana deployed overseas with up to 400 of our men and women ready to perform as ambassadors for our country. Here at NCO we will have the latest ship contact information at our finger tips to enable that very important contact link not to be broken.

It is also our duty to ensure that ships’ nominal lists (details of all personnel onboard) are up to date so that at any one time during these deployments we will know exactly where the ship is and who is onboard. This is one of the primary purposes of our organisation - to give support to our operational deployed ships and to provide them with a strong and robust connection to our naval community.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be this vital link between sea and shore for not only our people deployed on ships overseas, but also those conducting peacekeeping duties around the world. Everyone is rightfully proud of each one of these Service personnel who unselfishly serve our country by deploying for long periods overseas and around our shores.

This month also marks the Resettlement and Lifestyle planning seminar. So far we have had a large number of enquiries and quite a few registrations from eligible personnel. By the time you receive this newsletter, if you intend coming, you should have registered or else risk missing out due to over subscription.

If you feel you wish to discuss any issue or seek guidance in regard to our navy personnel, please do not hesitate in contacting us on 0800 NAVY HELP and until next time please take care.

This page was last reviewed on 7 April 2011, and is current.