About us

We are the maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force made up of experts recruited from all walks of life and brought together to become Warriors of the Sea – to do 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. Our Exclusive Economic Zone is the fifth largest in the world, and our search and rescue responsibility extends from North of the Equator, all the way to the South Pole, halfway to Australia and halfway to South America.

With 99% of our imports and exports by value being transported by sea, securing these trade routes are critical. 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 seen as first responders to natural disasters and crises, spearheading the humanitarian response by carrying people, equipment, supplies and expertise to where they are needed most.

We do this with a fleet of nine ships and 2,000 personnel. But our Navy’s strength is not in its size; instead, our strength lays in our ability to perform above and beyond – to work seamlessly alongside Army and Air Force, government partners, and allied militaries within New Zealand and around the world.

Ours is a maritime force made up of experts recruited from all walks of life and brought together to become Warriors of the Sea – to do what is right for our country and for those who ask for our help.

Our Leadership

Chief of Navy -  Rear Admiral David Proctor
The Chief of Navy is our professional head and Chairman of the Navy Leadership Board. He is responsible to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) for the effectiveness, efficiency and morale of our Navy.   

Warrant Officer of the Navy - Warrant Officer Wayne Dyke
The Warrant Officer of the Navy is the most senior sailor in our Navy and reports directly to the Chief of Navy as part of his personal staff. 

Deputy Chief of Navy - Commodore Melissa Ross
The Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) is responsible for the operation of the Naval Support Command, including Devonport Naval Base in Auckland and Naval Staff in Wellington.

Maritime Component Commander - Commodore Mat Williams, MNZM
The Maritime Component Commander (MCC) commands our fleet of ships that regularly deploy overseas and around New Zealand to protect and support New Zealand’s interests. 

MCC is responsible to the Chief of Navy for the command and readiness of the Fleet and specialist teams to deliver our mission, outputs and outcomes. 

Where we are 

Devonport Naval Base - HMNZS PHILOMEL

Devonport Naval Base is the home of our Navy.

Our association with Devonport began when Lieutenant Governor William Hobson, a Royal Navy Officer, arrived on board HMS HERALD on 21 February 1840. He established Auckland as the colony's capital, and consequently the Waitemata Harbour became a regular anchorage for warships. In 1841 Hobson established a permanent naval presence at Devonport.

Since then, the Base has grown and now hosts training and support services for our ships and personnel.

For Devonport Naval Base enquiries between 0700-1630 weekdays contact 09 445 5999. After hours this number diverts to the Duty Officer.

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