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Five-month deployment for Royal New Zealand Navy vessel includes military exercises, operations and engagements

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Southland marine engineer hones skills in South Atlantic Ocean with the Royal Navy


HMNZS Taupo supports MPI in South Island fishery compliance

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Customs and Navy stop transnational cocaine smuggling attempt

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Exercising with the Five Powers


Southern transit promotes good officers

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Celebrating Samoa Language Week

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Mine blockade no match for littoral warfare teams

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Hawke’s Bay Navy hydrographer dives into new Navy boarding team role

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Mother's Day 2024

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Royal New Zealand Navy team supports Fiji to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

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Naval engineers take on the Aussie Anzac experience

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First of Class: When bad weather is a good thing

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Following family footsteps into a Defence Career through School to Seas camp

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Timaru student eyes up Defence Force career after taste of Navy life

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Defence Force ceremony wows Anzac League fans

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NZDF & ADF combine to overcome Gallipoli commemoration hurdles

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Anzac Day marked around the world by New Zealand Defence Force personnel


NZDF Gallipoli contingent ‘in good position’ for Anzac Day


Changes to ceremonial duties in Gallipoli for NZDF

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Anzac Day Flypasts 2024

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Navy Bandsman explores Gallipoli history through musical predecessor

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NZDF teams up with Warriors Anzac Day League fixture

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Anzac Day 2024

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Northland sailor finally gets to Gallipoli to pay respects

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Medals - wearing and caring

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NZDF working with Pacific neighbours to support Solomon Islands election

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Antarctica season comes to a close while Hercules crew conducts medical evacuation

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Season two of Unclassified Podcast launches

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Learning the weapons trade

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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.

Considering a career in the navy?

A career in the Defence Force is unlike anything out there. You'll be working as part of a tight-knit team, protecting your family, friends, the environment and your country from harm and representing the New Zealand way of life where you go. It's an incredibly rewarding job that gives you a real sense of purpose.

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