My association with Defence goes back to the day I enlisted in the RNZAF as a Cadet Pilot on 4 July 1958 – aside from previous membership of Sea Cadets and Air Training Corps in Auckland, where I had lived. As it panned out, I graduated as a Navigator in 1960, and spent the next 10 years flying in the Maritime role. I started on Sunderland Flying Boats, including three years at Lauthala Bay in Fiji, and then became involved with the Lockheed Orions, including participation in the initial training with the US Navy in California for five months. This very memorable time culminated in delivering the second of five Orions to New Zealand. As a Qualified Navigation Instructor, I then became responsible for developing training courses for follow-on crews in New Zealand.