New Zealand’s naval ships have undertaken a range of tasks and operations. Read about ‘HMNZS Gambia’ – the ship known to have fired the last shots of World War Two and ‘HMHS Maheno ‘– a hospital ship that carried injured men back home to New Zealand in World War One.
Medals and decorations
Many New Zealanders have been decorated for their service in the Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy. Read about the ‘RNZN Korean War Medal ‘and the ‘1939-1945 Campaign Stars’.
Customs and Traditions
The Navy is steeped in customs and tradition and these play an important role in Navy life today. Find out what naval terms like “Splice the Mainbrace” mean and read about mascots in the Navy – including HMS New Zealand’s mascot, a bulldog named Pelorus Jack.
Read about military air power in both the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. Included are details about the modern and currently active Seasprite Helicopters.
Technology and Weapons
The Royal New Zealand Navy has a long history of technology and weaponry including radar, torpedoes and minesweeping. Read about the history of ‘NZ Coastal Defence’s and ‘Enemy Operations in NZ Waters’.
Our Navy has played a significant part some of the historical events home and abroad. Learn about the sinking of the Japanese I-1 submarine by HMNZS Kiwi and Moa, as well as the NZDFs role in the Christchurch Earthquake recovery.
Read interesting stories of personnel who have served with the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal Navy. Read about Ruth Herrick – the first Director of the Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service and Leading Signalman Campbell Buchanan –who was killed while playing an integral role in the sinking of the Japanese Submarine I-1.
The Royal New Zealand Navy has a unique and interesting history. Read about ‘War Artists’ in the Royal New Zealand Navy during World War Two and the changing role of women in the Navy.
Naval Battles and Operations
The Royal New Zealand Navy has been involved in a range of battles and operations. Learn about the Navy’s involvement in the South Pacific in the 20th Century and RNZN contributions to Afghanistan, Bougainville and Iraq.
The Navy Museum has a unique collection of objects. Read about current artefacts displayed in the Navy Museum including HMS New Zealand ship’s bell.