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Whakatāne woman wins bronze at Invictus Games

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First Cook Islands coastwatcher plaque unveiled in New Zealand

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Joined the Navy - and still in school

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Fleet Sports Officer taking it in

Four divers jump into the water from the wharf at the Port of Tauranga. They are all wearing full dive apparatus, including wet suits, tanks and fins.

Navy assists Customs in underwater drug search

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Growing connections in disaster preparation exercise

A sailor looks down the sight of gun on the Mobile Weapons Training System, with three others doing the same in the background.

Laser simulation tests shoot-don’t shoot scenarios

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Great Barrier rescue among Defence recognition awards

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NZ Navy to participate in major South East Asia exercise

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Five-month naval deployment

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Heart Transplant at 25

A large pile of seized drugs photographed on the deck of USCGC John Scheuerman. The packaged drugs range from small clear plastic bags (front) to larger coloured tupperware, with large yellow bags in the background.

NZ Navy personnel play part in Middle East drug bust

NZDF troops have been honing their warfighting skills during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 in Queensland, where they worked alongside forces from 12 other nations

Talisman Sabre hones NZDF's readiness for combat

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Logistics teams prepare the ground

Dog Handler Cheryl with Kiwa from New Zealand Customs Service’s detector dog training with Lieutenant Commander Rob Badger at Devonport Naval Base.

Custom dogs get freedom to sniff thanks to Navy

NZDF personnel and platforms have arrived in Australia ready to take part in the 10th and largest iteration of Exercise Talisman Sabre, involving around 30,000 personnel from 11 nations.

NZDF mobilises for largest-ever Exercise Talisman Sabre

The former Farmlands building on Cumberland Street is destined to become the home of three NZDF units which are currently in separate Dunedin locations

NZDF consolidates Dunedin-based military facilities in one building

A Seasprite helicopter ready for mountain flying is on the tarmac of Whitianga Airfield.

Coromandel terrain provides invaluable training for maritime helicopter crew

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Invictus Games 2023: Meet our NZ Team

Midshipman Jess Layburn at the University of Canterbury.

Wellingtonian engineers a path with the Royal New Zealand Navy

Two Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats from HMNZS Taupo approach a vessel prior to boarding

NZ Navy ship completes maritime patrol in Samoa to help protect fisheries

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Navy and science combine to map rogue waves

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Fisheries protection and more in the 1950's, 60's and 70's

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Navy graduates eye up bright future

A RHIB with personnel from HMNZS Matataua wearing black uniform and helmets moves over the ocean along side HMS Spey, a grey Royal Navy ship.

The reinvigoration of the RNZN boarding capability

Light Armoured Vehicles lined up in the Waiouru Military Training Area
Light Armoured Vehicles lined up in the Waiouru Military Training Area


Protected Mobility Capability Project

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The life changing call

Our personnel in formation march in full gear in the Malaysian Jungle.
Our personnel in formation march in full gear in the Malaysian Jungle.


Support to Ukraine



Introducing the C130J

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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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