Afghanistan and the RNZN

Find out about the extensive role New Zealand has played in Afghanistan. New Zealand’s first involvement in Afghanistan was in 1989 when she agreed to provide a five man team to serve the United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team (UNMCTT).

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Peacekeeping Operations in Pakistan

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.

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The Navy in the South Pacific in the 20th Century

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 from 1912 to 1920. Read More

Operation VALERIAN

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 the name given to the operational deployment of Tui to Mururoa

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HMNZS Hickleton in Action 1966 – The Confrontation

The final hostile naval action of Confrontation occurred on the morning of 28 June 1966. The action took place near the Horsburgh Light at the eastern end of the Singapore Strait, when HMNZS Hickleton intercepted a kumpit [the naval term for a sampan] carrying three, uniformed men and a boatsman.Read More

Arthur Wright and Jayforce WWII

Arthur Wright was a Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) serving with the RNZAF at the Hobsonville Base. He was part of Jayforce that occupied Japan at the conclusion of the Second World War.  He was sent to the base at Iwakuni located on the southern coast of Honshu about 20km from Hiroshima and the major naval base at Kure. Read More