5 things you might not know about life on a NZ Navy ship5

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Publish Date : 2021-04-06 18:44:11
5 things you might not know about life on a NZ Navy ship5

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury regularly deploys on overseas operations, but what is it like to live on board months at a time? Here are some things you may not know about life on HMNZS Canterbury, from laundry to recreation and exercise.

1. Hands to bathe
At the end of a working day during a summer deployment the ship may call a hands to bathe, where everyone gets to jump off the cargo deck into the ocean and go for a swim. Popping manus and backflips are encouraged.
Fun fact: Hands to bathe is an old tradition from before our ships had showers and now it’s purely for R&R (military slang for rest and recuperation).

Ship’s company are given permission for a swim in the 30 degree ocean after the work day has ended in Tokelau during Operation Calypso.
2. Got talent
On deployments, the ship hosts talent shows and quiz nights to keep morale high after getting the work done.

3. One for the sweet tooths
There’s a canteen on board. It’s well stocked with sweet treats and savoury eats to clothing and apparel. The canteen is run by volunteers outside of their primary duties, and contributes greatly to Ship’s morale.

The ships canteen operating for snacks.
4. Let’s talk laundry
You do your own laundry. Laundry bags are called ‘dhobeys’, and laundry etiquette is taken very seriously. If you do your bit and don’t cut in line, you’ll be just fine.

5. You can climb Mount Everest
Every day is leg day. With 10 decks, moving up and down the ship means some serious stair climbing. If you climb the full ship (17.2m) 513 times you’ve reached Everest!

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Ship’s company are given permission for a swim in the 30 degree ocean after the work day has ended in Tokelau during Operation Calypso.
2. Got talent
On deployments, the ship hosts talent shows and quiz nights to keep morale high after getting the work done.

3. One for the sweet tooths
There’s a canteen on board. It’s well stocked with sweet treats and savoury eats to clothing and apparel. The canteen is run by volunteers outside of their primary duties, and contributes greatly to Ship’s morale.

The ships canteen operating for snacks.
4. Let’s talk laundry
You do your own laundry. Laundry bags are called ‘dhobeys’, and laundry etiquette is taken very seriously. If you do your bit and don’t cut in line, you’ll be just fine.

5. You can climb Mount Everest
Every day is leg day. With 10 decks, moving up and down the ship means some serious stair climbing. If you climb the full ship (17.2m) 513 times you’ve reached Everest!

New Zealand Defence Force
We are the New Zealand Defence Force. We are a Force for New Zealand. This is our official account. nzdf.mil.nz

New Zealand Defence Force
Nzdf
Royal New Zealand Navy
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We are the New Zealand Defence Force. We are a Force for New Zealand. This is our official account. nzdf.mil.nz
Young women try out Air Force life

Student getting an understanding of technical aviation trades through hands-on learning during School to Skies 2020
Forty female secondary school students will get a taste of life in the Royal New Zealand Air Force these April school holidays.
Now in its fifth year, School to Skies will offer technical and aviation-focussed experience for young women from all over New Zealand at Base Ohakea from 17–24 April 2021.
School to Skies will give them a unique exposure to, and detailed understanding of, technical aviation trades through hands-on learning.
The week-long immersion camp shows young women how maths, science, engineering and technology can translate to a real-life career. …

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About 30 students were among passengers on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130H(NZ) Hercules flight to Dili.
The New Zealand Defence Force has been working with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Government of Timor-Leste to get the students home.
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