Excerpt taken from earlier recent report ("NZ Army understrength") about the NZ Army, thought to highlight it here. Anyone know about death of Naval officer as indicated?
"General Mateparae also said there were issues with the navy's new multi-role ship the Canterbury, which were being discussed with the shipbuilder.
There was a potential problem with the propellers coming out of the water when the ship pitched in rough sea. There had been no problems, but there was concern this could affect the ship's machinery.
The navy had also spotted a possible fatigue problem with landing-craft fittings used to lower the boats over the side of the Canterbury.
He said the loss of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, torn from the Canterbury's quarterdeck by a big wave, was also being addressed.
Inquiries are under way into the loss of the boat, and also into the subsequent death of a navy officer, Byron James Solomon, who was killed when a similar boat capsized as it was being towed alongside the Canterbury."
typical problems new items have when starting life. although the props coming out of the water, i thought they might have recognised that on the voyage to aussie from europe. as for the lc fittings, they might not have used them much untill the latest exercise.
"VICTIM: Able Seaman Byron James Solomon, 22, from Auckland who drowned yesterday. The navy sailor who drowned off Northland yesterday was Able Seaman Byron James Solomon, 22, from Auckland.
The hydrographic systems operator died when the rigid hulled inflatable boat he was in capsized alongside the navy's new multi-role ship HMNZS Canterbury in Spirit's Bay off Northland.
He had been in the navy nearly three years and had specialised in hydrographics. He joined HMNZS Canterbury in August 2007 and had previous sea experience on the navy's hydrographic and survey ship, HMNZS Resolution.
Canterbury arrived at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland about 3am today and a court of inquiry into the sailor's death had begun, the navy said today.
Earlier today the navy said the ship was operating in calm waters when the small boat capsized."
Last Edit: Nov 23, 2007 11:05:58 GMT 12 by FlyNavy
Raising / lowering boats into water from ship is hazardous whatever the weather. And if the lowering system was at fault then being dropped from some unsafe height while boat unbalanced is not good for anyone onboard boat. Usually minimum of crew on boat for such operations.