King George VI granted the title of Royal New Zealand Navy to the New Zealand naval forces on 1 October 1941. Read about the history of Naval Volunteers, the Torpedo Corps and the New Zealand Division of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
The Royal New Zealand Navy has a unique and interesting history. Read about War Artists in the Royal New Zealand Navy during WWII and the changing role of women in the Navy.
By 2000 women were fully integrated into the Royal New Zealand Navy. Read about the that policy took over 23 years to come into force as the Navy underwent the transition from an all-male sea-going force to mixed ships’ crews.
Unlike the Army or RNZAF where you were able to go over to the Mess or Canteen or down to the pub at the end of the day, RNZN sailors were aboard ship for weeks at a time. The daily issue of beer aboard ship was two cans per man per day which had to…
Read a list of the Battle Honours awarded to the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy as of September 2013. All the other Battle Honours were awarded to the Royal Navy and were attached to names that were taken over by the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy…
After the election, Prime Minister Sidney Holland sought to break the power of the Waterside Workers Union one of the most militant and communist dominated of the unions in New Zealand. Discontent and unrest reached a peak in February 1951 and the ship owners locked out the watersiders after a stopwork.
HMNZS Waikato’s Moke is the only NZ Navy Moke remaining and after refurbishment, it now lies at the Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay. Navy Mokes were used on all four RNZN Leander class Frigates (70’s through to early 80’s) for shore transport, administration duties and as the Captains in port runabout.
In 1973 the New Zealand government protested against French nuclear testing at Mururoa. The two-frigate protest sparked international pressure for the testing to stop, which forced the French to move to underground testing. Now, 42 years later, an independent report detailing likely exposure and risk from radiation is to be released in October 2015.