In late 1951 UN asked New Zealand to provide some military observers to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). This carried on through the 1950s and 1960s.
Read one sailors experience in East Timor while serving on HMNZS Canterbury
Learn about the Ships involved in Operation DEEP FREEZE
The following includes a list of ships and their role in Antarctica expeditions.
The history of the Navy in the South Pacific in the twentieth century is one of promise unfulfilled. During the early years a number of visionaries led developments, and set New Zealand on the path to the establishment of an independent navy. Of these the most important was Colonel James Allen, the Minister of Defence…
New Zealand Defence Force personnel were based in Vietnam from June 1964 to December 1972. At the peak of New Zealand’s involvement, 543 service people were there. A total of 3890 served, with 37 killed and 187 wounded.
In May 1995, Jacques Chirac running for the Presidency of France promised that if elected, he would end the moratorium on testing of nuclear devices. He won the election and announced on 13 June that between September 1995 and May 1996 there would be a new series of eight tests at Mururoa Atoll. Operation VALERIAN was…
Read about the RNZNs role in Afghanistan, Bougainville, Iraq and Project Protector including the ships linked with these roles.
The Arctic Star was granted for operational service of any length north of the Arctic Circle (66 degrees, 32’N) from the 3rd September, 1939, to the 8th May, 1945, inclusive. The Arctic Star is intended to commemorate the Arctic Convoys and is designed primarily for the ships of the convoys to North Russia and their Escorts.
The Albert Medal was first instituted by Royal Warrant in 1866. The rationale was to acknowledge those “heroic actions performed by mariners and others to prevent such loss [of lives at sea] and to save lives the lives of those who are in danger of perishing by reason of wrecks and perils of the sea…”
Read about the following medals awarded to New Zealander Alexander Boyle. 1914 – 1915 star, 1914 – 1920 War Medal, 1914-1919 Victory Medal and oak leaf clasp, 1939-1945 Defence Medal, 1939 – 1945 War Medal, King George V Silver Jubilee Medal, US Legion of Merit and the Croix de Guerre.
Read about the various Campaign Stars and the introduction of the Defence Medal. This includes the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the Atlantic Star, the Air Crew Europe Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, the Pacific Star, the Burma Star, and the Clasps to these Stars.
Read about the Navy Star as per Admiralty orders.