The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Counter-Piracy)
18 May 2015
A new medal for New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who have served in counter-piracy operations has been created.
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Counter-Piracy) recognises members of the NZDF who have served for 30 days or more in counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, Western Indian Ocean, and off the eastern coasts of Somalia, Yemen and Oman, since 1 January 2009.
New Zealand relies on the sea to transport 99 per cent of its imports and exports. Preventing piracy and deterring terrorism at sea directly contributes to New Zealand's success and makes New Zealand a valued partner when joining international coalitions to fight piracy.
The first large NZDF deployment was the frigate HMNZS TE MANA’s November 2013 to February 2014 service as part of Combined Task Force 151 and NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield.
More than 300 NZDF personnel will be presented with the new medal in the next few months.
For more information on the medal and eligibility see the NZDF Medals website: medals.nzdf.mil.nz