After 24 years of service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Babcock Security and Asset Manager (Marine NZ), Rob Doig, proudly continues to support New Zealand’s marine capabilities.
I joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as an apprentice fitter and turner, and by the time I left, I held the rank of Warrant Officer Marine Technician – Propulsion. During my time with the RNZN, I was proud to serve and protect New Zealand’s sovereignty. When I retired, I naturally wanted to continue to work in the Maritime environment in whatever organisation I joined.
I have now been with Babcock for more than 16 years. Having seen ‘both sides of the hull’, I’ve got the insight needed to build robust and professional relationships with customer representatives, ships’ staff and fleet engineering authorities and classification societies, while guiding recommendations to define Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) works for RNZN ships.
The sense of mateship and camaraderie has been consistent throughout my years with the RNZN and Babcock. I feel great pride in both communities, of which collectively I have been a member for 41 years now.
As a civilian, I no longer join the formation marching and proceedings in front of the cenotaph. I do, however, stand proud, shoulder to shoulder, with my fellow New Zealanders.
It remains important to me to continue to contribute to the protection of our sovereignty and the people of Aotearoa, and to support our Australian brothers and sisters on the high seas to ensure continued safety and security in the South Pacific.