Lieutenant Commander W. David Dryden, NZCF
Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) W. David Dryden commissioned as an officer in the NZCF in March 1994 to the rank of Sub Lieutenant, and was posted to Training Ship (TS) Leander. Prior to commissioning he was naval writer, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
In March 2000 Lt Cdr Dryden was posted to TS Bellona as the Cadet Unit Commander (CUCDR). While the CUCDR of TS Bellona, he was the temporary CUCDR of No. 5 (Rodney District) Squadron for several months. Following his stint at TS Bellona Lt Cdr Dryden was once again reposted to TS Leander as the CUCDR in August 2016,
Lt Cdr Dryden is in charge of the Unit. As the Unit Commander he has overall responsibility for the Unit.
Lieutenant Commander Grant Edie, NZCF
Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Grant Edie joined as the Dunedin sea cadet of Training Ship (TS) Waireka. After rising through cadet ranks, he commissioned as an NZCF officer in April 1982 and was posted to TS Waireka.
Whilst an officer at TS Waireka Lt Cdr Edie held numerous officer positions, including Cadet Unit Commander (CUCDR). Lt Cdr Edie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in January 2005.
Since moving to Auckland in 2014, Lt Cdr Edie was appointed as the Area Support Officer (ASO) for Auckland North. At times he was also the temporary CUCDR for Training Ships Leander, Gambia, and Bellona, each for only a few months.
In March 2020 Lt Cdr Edie stepped down as ASO to take on an officer role within TS Leander.
Acting Ensign Tymon Porter, NZCF
Acting Ensign Tymon Porter joined TS Leander in November 2011. Since joining as a New Entry, he has risen through the ranks and attended a number of courses as a cadet.
A/Ens Porter was appointed the Unit Coxswain in September 2016. After commissioning as an NZCF officer in November 2019, A/Ens Porter was appointed as Executive Officer in February 2020
A/Ens Porter is currently to studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland.
Warrant Officer Cadet Jessie Gair-Ah Siu
Unit Coxswain / Divisional Rate (Nile)
Warrant Officer Cadet Jessie Gair-Ah Siu joined TS Leander in 2015. WO Cdt Gair-Ah Siu successfully passed all courses she has attended including Junior NCO Course in April 2017, Senior NCO Course and Cadet Coxswains Course in January 2018.
WO Cdt Gair-Ah Siu was appointed as the Divisional Rate for Nile Division in October 2017 and was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer in February 2020.
WO Cdt Gair-Ah Siu graduated from Takapuna Grammar School in 2019, and has ambitions of joining the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Chief Petty Officer Cadet Mateo Porter
Divisional Senior Rate (Algiers)
Chief Petty Officer Cadet Mateo Porter joined TS Leander in July 2014. CPO Cdt Porter successfully passed all courses he has attended including Junior NCO Course in 2016, Senior NCO Course and Cadet Coxswains Course in 2017.
CPO Cdt Porter was appointed as the Divisional Senior Rate for Algiers Division in October 2017 and was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 2018.
CPO Cdt Porter is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design at the University of Auckland.
Mr Leon Harvey
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Mr Deryck Edie
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