Command an honour for new navy captain

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Former Waitaki Boys’ High School pupil and Enfield boy Lieutenant Commander Tim Garvan is set to become captain of the HMNZS Otago next month.

The promotion was a dream come true and he felt “pretty honoured” to be given command of his own ship – especially one named after the area he was from, he said.

“When you’re a naval officer, one of the things you aspire to is to have your own ship and command.

“It’s the first ship I’ve commanded.”

With his command course completed and “no issues there”, he felt well equipped to take over the ship and its navigation, as well as ensuring staff welfare and more, he said.

A formal ceremony to appoint Lieutenant Commander Garvan, as captain of the HMNZS Otago, would be held late February.

“I’ll be taking over the ship on the 21st of February,” he said,

“There will be a formal handover of command between myself and the current captain.”

The ceremony will take place at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland.

The HMNZS Otago will be undergoing maintenance at the start of his captaincy, and will head out to sea on its first operation under his command between April and May.

Maritime Component Commander Commodore John Campbell said Lieutenant Commander Garvan had all the qualities necessary to be a good captain.

“We consider many qualities when selecting officers to command our ships, including their leadership, naval experience, initiative and attitude.”

Lieutenant Commander Garvan met all these criteria, he said.

“He has had a fulfilling and varied career in the Navy so far, and he demonstrates the Navy’s core values of courage, commitment and comradeship,” he said.

“Commanding a naval vessel is an honour and also a challenge.

“It was certainly one of the highlights of my career.

“Lieutenant Commander Garvan will lead HMNZS Otago and her crew with pride,” he said.

“Being the captain of a ship is a great role, but it also comes with great responsibility and the Navy has selected him for this role with confidence that he can manage all facets.”

By DAVID DE LOREAN

HONOURED: Lieutenant Commander Tim Garvan (inset) is set to formally take over the captaincy of the HMNZS Otago in February.

PHOTO: RNZN