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Naval anniversary sparks career at sea

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Thirty-year labour of love gifted to Navy

HMNZS Te Mana (background) joins HMNZS Te Kaha (foreground) at the end of the latter’s deployment.

Operation Enduring Freedom

HMNZS Canterbury sailing into port in Lautoka, Fiji.

HMNZS Canterbury arrives in Lautoka for Operation Mahi Tahi

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Ruby Tui wows at Navy Base

A wharf and buildings framed by trees stick out into Wellington harbour. Clouds and blue sky reflect on the calm water.

Formerly known as HMNZS Cook

A grey Seasprite helicopter flies in front of forest covered hills, the rotors are blurred slightly and the landing gear is down.

Taking in the damage

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NZ Army proving routes and supplying communities

An eight-person team from HMNZS Matataua got Gisborne’s water supply flowing properly again, after diving in a severely blocked treatment plant to remove silt.

Navy divers get drinking water flowing

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HMNZS Canterbury loads up for Napier

A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter crewman passes supplies to an Aropaoanui resident.

Defence Force increases support to disaster regions

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Navy delivers to cut-off East Coast

Stock photo of HMNZS Manawanui gliding through the ocean on a sunny day with land and hills in the distance. The ship is grey and rather bulky with a large crane on the back.

Two Navy ships to deploy to the East Coast


Navy rescues sailor from yacht adrift in storm

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Cyclone: NZDF across the regions

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NZDF continues to support preparations ahead of Cyclone Gabrielle

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NZDF deploys specialist team and clean-up parties as Cyclone Gabrielle approaches

The New Zealand Conservation Dog Programme returning to HMNZS Canterbury via Seasprite helicopter after undertaking rodent detection on Rangitāhua /Raoul Island.

NZDF supports conservation, scientific, cultural effort on offshore islands

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Operation Hydros: Police, Customs and NZDF recover half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine at sea

View of Auckland floods from a Seasprite Helicopter

NZDF support to the Auckland flood response

The Royal New Zealand Navy Royal Guard of Honour stands to attention as HMNZS Wellington conducts a 21-gun salute at the 2021 celebration.

Royal New Zealand Navy returns to Waitangi Day commemorations

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Criminal Barrister joins Naval Reserve

Hercules aircraft on the wet, reflective tarmac of Whenuapai Air Force Base.

Defence Force aids Auckland in flood emergency

CDR Dave Barr discusses the capabilities of HMNZS Aotearoa with HEGG Cindy Kiro.

Governor General gives thanks for COVID efforts

The Operation Protect patch, worn on a uniform

NZDF personnel recognised for their contribution to the Government’s COVID-19 Response

Five sailors wearing white tops and black trousers stand behind a table, in front of curtains.

Stewards take key role in diplomacy


New Year Honours awarded to three NZDF personnel

Three soldiers wearing hearing protection lower their heads as they fire a mortar, this creates a large flame . There are trees in the background and blue skies with scattered cloud.

New Zealand and Fiji - Neighbours across the Pacific Ocean

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Yorkshire woman takes command of Royal New Zealand Navy Ship

Woman in white navy uniform stands on the deck of HMNZS Taupo, a grey patrol ship with the crew, also in white dress uniform behind her.

New command for patrol vessel

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We are Te Taua Moana - Warriors of the Sea, professionally trained and committed to doing what is right for our country and for those who ask for our help.

As an island nation with no immediate neighbours, maritime security is vital for New Zealand. Around 90% of our imports and exports are transported by sea so ensuring our trade routes are secure is critical for our economy. Our Exclusive Economic Zone is one of the largest in the world, and at 30,000,000 square kilometres our search and rescue area of responsibility is 7% of the earth’s surface. We protect our own natural ocean resources along with those of our Pacific Island neighbours and play our part in maintaining and preserving order in our region. We are one of the first responders to natural disasters and crises, spearheading the humanitarian response by carrying people, equipment, supplies and expertise to where they are needed most.

Our maritime force is made up of highly trained professionals.

We come from all walks of life and share a strong sense of what it means to be Kiwi - our culture is based on our values Tū Kaha (courage), Tū Tika (commitment), Tū Tira (comradeship) and Tū Maia (integrity). Together, we are Force for New Zealand and are proud to serve Aotearoa and its diverse communities.

Our fleet comprises nine modern and versatile ships and over 2,500 uniformed personnel who undertake a full range of maritime tasks from a combat capability to conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions, fishery and border patrols through to support for government agencies.

Royal New Zealand Navy recruits march on during a graduation with the Navy logo and values on a wall behind them.

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