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Sailor of the Year

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Soaring at Wings Over Wairarapa 2023


RNZN sailors train Fijian counterparts in crucial firefighting skills

HMNZS Manawanui personnel delivering aid to Malolo Island

HMNZS Manawanui provides tropical cyclone assistance to Fiji



NZDF People of the Year Awards 2023

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Navy's top shot competition is back

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Registration opens for 2024 Gallipoli services

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HMNZS Aotearoa’s new Commanding Officer

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‘Grab a piece of awesome,’ says Naval Reserves recruiter

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Training1 Credit ADF


Support to Ukraine

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RNZN virtual reality creators earn joint Innovation of the Year honour

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Sole-charge medic on Navy’s smallest ship

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Find your bearings on the Bravos course

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Navy runner pushes for worlds

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New Navy fleet benefits from trans-Tasman industry expertise


RNZN ship’s crew to undertake historic survey and bomb disposal in Pacific Islands mission

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Carver creates gateway to the Navy

HMNZ Ships Aotearoa and Te Mana take part in Exercise Bersama Lima in Malaysian waters.

NZDF concludes Malaysian exercise with Five Powers partners

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Trio of new boats strengthens Royal New Zealand Navy’s capability



Introducing the C-130J

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From Warfare to Weeding

Leading Chef Monique Manuel and Able Chef Alice Wyatt both look at the camera in uniform, smiling.

Lamb pies vs tacos for US Coast Guard

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Indo-Pacific military exercise also about encouragement

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Invictus 2023 banner


Invictus Games 2023

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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

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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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