Proud moment for commanding officer

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The HMNZS Otago has a new commanding officer – former Waitaki Boys’ student lieutenant commander Tim Garvan.

The Royal New Zealand Navy held a formal ceremony in Devonport, Auckland on Friday to transfer command of the ship to Lt Cdr Garvan.

The ceremony was a formal occasion which left Lt Cdr Garvan feeling “privileged” and “honoured”, he said.

“I quite enjoyed it.”

Having his mother, father and siblings supporting him at the ceremony as well was good, he said.

“I think they were impressed by the formality,” he said.

“They were pretty proud . . . it went well.”

The moment the command of the HMNZS Otago was officially transferred to him was the high point of his Navy career so far, he said.

“It dawned on me this was actually happening.

“I felt excited and proud.”

With his career’s first command being over the ship associated with the area he grew up, the role had a special significance to him and would be taken very seriously, he said.

Chief of Navy rear admiral Jack Steer said Lt Cdr Garvan had command of the Otago and its crew given to him because of what he had achieved in his career so far, his interactions with others and his ability.

“It’s not a decision we make lightly.”

The ceremony had been a special day for everyone, rear admiral Steer said.

“The sun was shining, the ceremony went really well.”

Lt Cdr Garvan would lead the HMNZS Otago well, he said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN

PHOTO: NZDF

IN COMMAND: Lt Cdr Garvan is addressed by the Chief of Navy at the HMNZS Otago change of command ceremony held on Friday. Behind him stands the ship’s company.