Masterton Naval Officer Commands International Fleet

When he’s not a career naval officer, Captain Blair Gerritsen would describe himself as an enthusiastic mid-handicap golfer and part-time farmer in Masterton. However, this month duty calls as he takes command of a naval Task Group larger than the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) fleet. Captain Gerritsen is the first New Zealander to be assigned the role of Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for one of the two Strike Groups that constitute the two main forces in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), taking place…

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