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Open day on HMNZS Otago

Thursday September 25, 2014 Written by Published in Local
HMNZS Otago, pictured here during a 2012 visit to Rarotonga. 14092441	HMNZS Otago, pictured here during a 2012 visit to Rarotonga. 14092441

The HMNZS Otago is scheduled to arrive in Rarotonga this Friday morning. 

After fulfilling a number of official duties on Friday, the ship will be open to the public between 9am and 12pm on Saturday 27 September. 
Members of the public who are interested will be guided through a number of different areas of the vessel, and will have a chance to speak to members of Otago’s crew.
“Following on from the recent visit by NZDF recruitment officers, Otago’s visit is a great opportunity for Cook Islanders interested in joining the Navy to get a first-hand appreciation of what life at sea would be like”, said New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers.
HMNZS Otago last visited Rarotonga in June 2012. 
“The crew greatly appreciates the support that the Rarotonga community gave to Otago during her last visit, and holding an open day is the best way possible to engage with the community and thank them for that support” said the vessel’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Tim Garvan.
HMNZS Otago has come to the Cook Islands from Samoa where she was alongside in Apia during the UN SIDS conference earlier this month.  While in Cook Islands waters she has been engaged in hydrographic survey work in Penrhyn, and supporting the Ministry of Marine Resources in fisheries surveillance.
Otago is scheduled to leave Rarotonga the following Monday for further maritime patrols before returning to Rarotonga for a second brief visit on 10-15 October.  The last visit will be devoted to re-provisioning and shore leave for her crew before she departs on the final leg of what will conclude a 3 month tasking at sea away from New Zealand. HMNZS Otago is one of the New Zealand Navy’s two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). 
The OPVs are designed to undertake patrol, surveillance, supply and support capability over long distances around New Zealand, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.   The OPVs have the ability to conduct helicopter operations using a Seasprite SH2G helicopter, boarding operations using the ships Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or Military Support Operations with embarked forces.  The ships are highly automated and operate with a core crew of 35, plus 10 flight crew to operate a helicopter.
HMNZS Otago is commanded by Lt Cdr Tim Garvan, who joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2002 and has served on Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ships Canterbury, Manawanui, and Resolution.
A specialist hydrographic surveyor, Lt Cdr Garvan has undertaken training in this area with both the Australian and Royal Navies.  In 2006, he undertook an exchange posting with the Royal Navy and was appointed Gunnery Officer on HMS Echo.
His last position prior to taking Command of Otago was as Staff Officer Littoral Warfare at the Naval Warfare Development Group where he worked on a number of Force Protection and Amphibious Advance Force policy amendments.
For further enquiries please contact Aimee Jephson by phone on 22201 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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