NZDF

Welcome to NZDF

Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.

Latest News 

An RNZAF P-3K2 Orion drops a torpedo on a "enemy" submarine in a live firing exercise on Ex RIMPAC

21 July 2016

Ships and aircraft of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have joined forces to hunt down an “enemy” submarine and attack it with torpedoes.

The live firing test took place this week off Hawaii during RIMPAC 2016 – the world’s biggest international maritime exercise.

Testing NZDF Combat Capability at RIMPAC

Media Releases

This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records at NZDF Archives

This section provides information about how to apply for military service records from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently 538 NZDF personnel deployed on 22 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.