what were they given for. extra sharp seams in the trousers, very shiny spit polished shoes
When I was a cadet, they were given for "Proficiency" in Cadet training.
For such things as Drill expertise including rifle drill, Uniform tidiness etc/ flag raising/parade ground basics eg not screwing up when the Squadron W/O yelled on "Parade" and you were the point man to march out and everyone followed.
I think (again from memory) it included rifle range expertise also
In a nut shell being good/excellent in learning and carrying out those basic requirements taught.
From memory (this ought to be fun...) you had to achieve both Proficiency badges to qualify for NCO training.
Nothing quite like square bashing on the parade ground with a bunch of other wanna be's, putting them through their paces (oh the power trip.... )-bit like the Green Berets Ballard " One hundred men will test today, only three win the green beret" (Corporal/Sergeant stripes)
I still have my two tucked away with my bits and pieces
Is this the original NZ3901? I note that the aircraft crashed into the Hauraki Gulf, following engine failure 7 April 1993.
I can recall the aftermath of NZ3903 crashing into the Waitemata Harbour. After the aircraft was recovered back to Devonport, there was a mad rush to preserve as much of the electornics as possible and much of the instrumentation was hauled out and dumped into fresh water tanks. I had the job of recovering the autopilot system a few days later when it was brought over to Whenuapai. After a lot of work drying the parts out, spraying them with WD40 and cleaning them up, we put the system together and managed to get a basic autopilot functioning. Some components were damaged in the crash, but most were working, so we were able to build a test bench for the Mk28 by incorporating the bits we had, plus some home made panels and electronic wizardry (Purloined from a set of ex Royal Navy publications) and saved many thousands of dollars. The test bench was still in use in 1981 when I left Whenuapai.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 5, 2011 1:16:58 GMT 12
They used to be cool to watch buzzing around Hobsonville doing their training. When i was at 1TTS on my SEQ course we were shown through the Wasp hangar (which was on the other end of our building) and it was pretty interesting.
With reference to the numbers on the doors, they are the Frigate pennant number assigned to each ship the wasps were attached to. They are RN dervied numbers as the RNZN frigates were considered part of a commonwealth naval squadron should any large scale ware break out. There were a set of doors painted with individual numbers and when a particular wasp was deployed to a frigate the doors were changed to suit the number of the ship! Saved a lot of painting!
Old thread I know, but wanted to say thanks for the pics. I am currently building a 1/48 scale RNZN Wasp. Once upon a time I spent 9 years in the RNZN on HMNZS Canterbury, Waikato, Southland and Tui. I was a radar plotter and specialised as a HAC (Helicopter Approach Controller) and after training in Oz an ASAC (Anti Submarine Aircraft Controller). I logged about 400 hrs controlling Wasps and was in the Ops room controlling (under freelance control) the day NZ3901 ditched in the Gulf. I think there was three or four Wasps up doing some entry photos - I can not remember offhand is I was on Waikato or Southland at the time (would need to check) and there was at least two of us returning from Deployment and doing a Ceremonial entry from memory.