Promoting Anzac relations

Published on LEUT Ian Manson (author), CPOEW Martin Anderson (photographer)

Location(s): Honolulu, Hawaii

Topic(s): HMAS Warramunga (F152), Exercise RIMPAC

LT Marett (RNZN) conning HMAS Warramunga as she completes her Light Jackstay with HMNZS Te Kaha during exercise RIMPAC 16.  (photo: CPOEW Martin Anderson)
LT Marett (RNZN) conning HMAS Warramunga as she completes her Light Jackstay with HMNZS Te Kaha during exercise RIMPAC 16.

Whilst operating off Hawaii with HMNZS Te Kaha as part of RIMPAC 2016, a unique opportunity presented itself for Sub Lieutenant Blair Marett a New Zealand Navy officer currently posted in HMAS Warramunga.

Sub Lieutenant Marett was set to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; however Warramunga did not possess a set of Royal New Zealand Navy Lieutenant rank slides to effect the promotion.

Warramunga, organised to conduct replenishment at sea approaches with Te Kaha as part of the ongoing training for Warramunga’s Officers of the Watch.

Whilst this did present a training opportunity, there was an ulterior motive for the evolution.

A gun line was fired from Te Kaha and a messenger bag containing a set of Kiwi rank slides was passed to Warramunga.

Once received, the package was delivered to the Commanding Officer, and with Te Kaha alongside, Sub Lieutenant Marett was promoted to Lieutenant.

As preparations to break away commenced, the crew of Te Kaha sounded three cheers and a warm round of applause was heard congratulating the newly promoted officer.