My Visit to Devonport Naval Base: A Day of Discovery

On Wednesday 1 May, I was honoured to visit the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland with other students from Rototuna, Bream Bay, and surrounding schools. The experience was both eye-opening and inspiring.

We were warmly greeted by recruiters who guided us around the base. We saw the impressive HMNZS Aotearoa, Te Mana, and Te Kaha docked in the harbour and witnessed HMNZS Manawanui departing for Antarctica. Touring the Officer Training Grounds and Parade Deck gave us insight into the rigorous training Navy officers undergo.

Listening to role coordinators was a highlight. We learned about mine clearance divers and hydrographic surveyors, whose work is crucial for safe navigation. Their stories were both informative and inspiring.

The day concluded with a fun game of dodgeball in the Navy gymnasium, followed by an end talk where we could ask questions about Navy life.

Overall, the visit was incredible. It opened my eyes to the opportunities in the Navy and sparked a potential interest in a future career there.

TJ Judd

Student Leader