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Navy Today is a monthly magazine that strives to inform its readers about our latest news. It covers operations and exercises, takes a look at our modern and high tech assets, and has in-depth interviews with our skilled personnel.

August 2021, Issue 257

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In this issue we showcase the great work of HMNZS Wellington and her crew, on a mission to Tokelau and the Cook Islands to deliver vaccines. We detail a new way for our experienced sailors to commission as officers, and meet a Waikato nurse who’s getting  taste of military life as a naval reservist. Our NZDF Maori Cultural Advisor, Lieutenant Jack Rudolph, talks about Navy life in the eighties, and we have a one-on-one with our Defence Attaché in Washington DC.

July 2021, Issue 256

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Our divers are the poster team for our July edition of Navy Today, as they refine their techniques with stealthy rebreather equipment in a secluded bay in the far North. We meet HMNZS Manawanui’s new Commanding Officer, and find out what it takes to become qualified as a ship’s diver. A Devonport local writes an article about the excitement of watching a Navy graduation through the fence, and we profile some of our newest qualified officers. Navy historian Gerry Wright talks about Navy life in the fifties, as we progress towards our 80th anniversary this year.

June 2021, Issue 255

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This June edition shows Navy re-introducing Surface Supplied Breathing Apparatus diving into its capability. We travel to Marlborough to watch the Seasprites learning to fly in mountains, and our hydrographers working with the NZ Police on body recovery exercises. HMNZS Matataua get into community work in Whakatane, while HMNZS Aotearoa visits Wellington. We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Navy Museum and publish the historical accounts of Ken Searle, Fleet Air Arm, who arrived in England just too late for the war.

May 2021, Issue 254

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In our May issue of Navy Today we showcase HMNZS Aotearoa’s ceremonial homeport visit to New Plymouth, and welcome local war veteran Trevor Watson on board for a personal tour. The Navy marae celebrates 21 years, while HMNZS Te Mana’s team struggle with COVID-19 in Canada. Our musicians take part in a history-making concert alongside Kiwi band Six60 at Eden Park, and we learn that real sailors do real sailing in our fleet of yachts. 

April 2021, Issue 253

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The April edition of Navy Today is out now. Read the latest on HMNZS Te Mana’s progress in Canada, meet our mana wāhine as part of International Women’s Day, We cover the latest Raoul Island mission with HMNZS Canterbury and showcase fourth-generation Navy siblings who work in HMNZS Manawanui.

March 2021, Issue 252

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In our March edition of Navy Today we follow HMNZS Aotearoa on her first-ever replenishment at sea procedures, as thirsty Australian frigates and destroyers line up for fuelling. One of our mana wahine tells the story of being the first in the Navy to wear moko kauae (facial tattoo). We meet World War 2 veteran Laurie Carr, HMNZS Gambia, and find out how the Navy bands bespoke native timber drums were made and more. 

February 2021, Issue 251

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In our first edition of 2021, see how we commemorated Waitangi Day at both ends of the country, meet two Rotorua brothers creating a Navy legacy for their wider family, find out what it takes to be a Navy doctor on the COVID-19 front line and more.

December 2020, Issue 250

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In our final edition of 2020, we lead with HMNZS Canterbury’s epic Tokelau mission, strengthening the fragile atolls’ sustainability with water tanks and solar panels. We introduce our Sailor of the Year,  reflect on our work at Whakaari / White Island and more.

November 2020, Issue 249

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Inside we catch up with HMNZS Te Kaha’s Commanding Officer as his modernised ship and new crew work through their sea trials and ready themselves for the voyage home from Canada. Hear from a manager in one of the Managed Isolation Facilities, and meet our newest Navy helicopter loadmaster, literally from the docks.

October 2020, Issue 248

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Check out all the action at exercise Joint Waka and our credible amphibious capability that we can deploy anywhere in the South Pacific. Learn more about Manawanui delivering medical supplies to Tonga and see HMNZS Te Kaha off on sea trials, a big milestone for our Frigate System Upgrade team in Canada.

September 2020, Issue 247

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Get the full scoop on HMNZS Manawanui at Exercise RIMPAC, take a look inside our Combat System Trainer, a simulation suite that mirrors the operations rooms in our Anzac frigates and get to know WOET Naldrett-Jays, who’s dedicated 45 years to our Navy.

August 2020, Issue 246

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In the August Issue of Navy Today, dive in and read about HMNZS Otago back to business in the Pacific, the Commissioning of our largest ever vessel HMNZS Aotearoa, our Hydrographers put to the test in an Earthquake exercise and our lockdown recruits celebrating graduation.

July 2020, Issue 245

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In July’s Navy Today we welcome Aotearoa, our largest ever Navy vessel, to New Zealand. HMNZS Otago prepares its crew for a Pacific deployments, in a vigorous shakedown and workup of all systems and procedures. HMNZS Hawea protects our borders with NZ Customs, and we meet an officer who reckons you don’t need to have a background in pulling engines apart to become a successful marine engineer. We find out how our sailors and officers earn exchanges and attachments with other navies, and find out in a very wet simulator what it takes to plug a leak and save a ship.

June 2020, Issue 244

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In our June edition of Navy Today, Commander Fiona Jameson takes over command of Otago, our Hydrographic Vessel Manawanui turns one, the passage between Great Barrier Island and Kaikoura Island is navigated and the role of Able Helicopter Loadmaster Turnbull is explored.

May 2020, Issue 243

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In our May edition of Navy Today, we showcase how our Navy gets back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, and how we trained during it. We outline how our frigates are progressing in Canada, and show our personnel Standing at Dawn for Anzac Day. HMNZS Matataua expertise is used to recover a diver’s body from 120m down, and how Navy is topping an Army-designed extreme endurance course. Our Navy band celebrates 60 years – see what they go up to during lockdown.

April 2020, Issue 242

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In our April edition of Navy Today we showcase our activities right up to the Level 2, 3 and 4 announcements. HMNZS Canterbury is our feature ship for this issue, as we showcase her substantial Operation Endurance mission to the Sub-Antarctic Islands. It's a multi-capability experience, from helicopters to two-person zodiacs, as the ship races against time and weather to fulfil its mission for our partner Government agencies. You'll meet our Air Force aircrew, bridge watchkeepers, reservists, chefs, navigators, military police, coxswains and army personnel, and how they make Canterbury hum as a Joint Force. Read about how we evacuated Raoul Island just before the Level 4 lockdown. HMNZS Wellington reports on her fisheries patrol around New Zealand, and talks about its mission to use ship's waste more sustainably.

March 2020, Issue 241

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In our March edition of Navy Today we showcase HMNZS Manawanui’s first outing at sea, as she works through her list towards operational readiness. We go behind the scenes as Tamaki Leadership Centre in Whangaparaora converts into a campervan quarantine centre. Commodore Andrew Brown, Commander Logistics, talks about his career. Technology helps our Offshore Patrol Vessels go to colder climes, with a world-first install of modular lifeboats. We outline changes to the Navy reserve forces, and we feature ‘the Rock’ reunion on Motuihe Island.

February 2020, Issue 240

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Our first issue of the year celebrates the artwork of Whangarei Primary School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro (Kaitaia), who won our Ahoy Waitangi competition and spent a day aboard HMNZS Wellington at Waitangi. We go behind the scenes for HMNZS Wellington at White Island, catch up on Aotearoa’s progress and introduce our highest-ranked female, Commodore Melissa Ross.

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