2021 HMNZS Otago Reunion

Not long to go until the Otago Reunion in Tauranga. Please ensure you get yoru registration forms in and book your accommodation at the Armitage Hotel as rooms are getting booked out. Click here for registration form


HMNZS Wellington was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). Originally commissioned in 1969 for the Royal Navy as HMS Bacchante, she joined the RNZN in 1982. On arrival in New Zealand, Wellington was decommissioned and entered an extended refit which ended in 1986. The limited modernization proved difficult and took an unexpected 4 years. When inspected prior to purchase in 1981, she was in the condition expected for an RN frigate after a dozen years’ service. However, in 1982 the frigate conducted a four-month winter patrol in the post-war Falklands exclusion zone with the other four RN unmodernised Leanders. Sea conditions in the Falkland exclusion zone mea...


Contrary to popular belief, anyone who has transitioned from RF to Reserve and is able to pass the medical and fitness test is welcome and encouraged to attend parade/training nights at your local Reserve Unit. Your participation will be paid, and your hours count towards annual efficiency. Each unit conducts training (AWQ, First-Aid etc.), as well as other activities, expeds, functions and much more. Each unit also has dedicated full time staff who can help with queries and any administrative requirements, there are also DIXS computers for use. Give it a go, you may be surprised.


The Ngapona Association is holding a formal dinner on Saturday 24 July 2021 at the Birkenhead RSA, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead, Auckland.   The guest speaker will be the Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor RNZN. An invitation to attend the function is extended to all NGA Association members, all past and present members of NGAPONA and their partners/spouses.   Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.   The cost of this function is $50.00 per head.   A cash bar will operate.   There will be a buffet type meal of three courses.   It is expected that Able Musician Rebecca Nelson will provide a brief performance during the evening.   It is also expected that a rum issue will be held.  As ...


The Australian government will invest up to AUS$800 million (US$620 million) to acquire new fleets of Australian-built amphibious vehicles and landing craft that will be able to transport land forces with enhanced speed and protection. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Army Littoral Manoeuvre – Light project, LAND 8710 Phase 1 will strengthen the ADF’s amphibious capabilities. “Today’s announcement delivers on this Government’s objectives, set out in the 2020 Force Structure Plan, to enhance the ADF’s amphibious capabilities, especially in Australia’s territorial waters and the near region,” Minister Reynolds said. “These new vessels, introduced from 2026, will be larger, faster, and better protected to support ADF operations. “They will allow Defence to qui...

Crossed the Bar POUTU, Fredrick (Fred)

POUTU, Fredrick (Fred): Able Seaman, Royal New Zealand Navy, 1965-1974. Passed suddenly at home on 5th February 2021. Loved partner of Tania, and dearly loved father to Raukura. Loving brother, brother-in-law, stepfather, cousin, uncle and papa. The funeral service will be held on Thursday 11th February, 11.00am, at Mokau Kohunui Marae, followed by burial at Parekokako Urupa.Hoki atu râ ki ngâ mâtua tupuna i te pô. Moe mai râ.

HMNZS TUI (1970)

HMNZS Tui, formerly USNS Charles H. Davis (T-AGOR-5), was one of nine Conrad class oceanographic ships built for the United States Navy, that later saw service in the Royal New Zealand Navy). Serving with the USN from 1963 to 1970, these ships were designed to perform acoustic experiments on sound transmission underwater, and for gravity, magnetism and deep-ocean floor studies. The fourth ship to be so named by the Navy, Charles H. Davis was laid down by Christy Corporation, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 30 June 1962; launched 30 June 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Roy Alexander Gano, wife of Admiral Roy Alexander Gano, Commander MSTS; delivered to the Navy 25 January 1963 and turned over to the Military Sea Transportation Serv...

RNZN In Memoriam 25 JANUARY:

FISHER Arthur S. ABSEA W/3720 HMNZS Monowai.1942ROSE William Joseph (Bill) M(E)1 NZ16602 47 1991STAPLETON John Leslie SIG NZD3678 1995STADE David Gibson LRD NZ15158 2006DUNCAN Arthur James RNZN/MN NZ13267 Korea 81 2012NOTMAN William George (Bill) ABSEA 11301 Op Grapple – Rotoiti Korea 87 2014RONGONUI Abraham Diddie 14116 2016BLACK Bernard Roy (Bernie) 8634 HMNZS Achilles/NZA 90 2016BRANT Peter Alfred (Lofty) LREM 688672 82 2016


Australia’s Defence contract with Spain’s Navantia S.A. has reached a major milestone with Ship Acceptance of the Royal Australian Navy’s First Supply-class vessel, NUSHIP Supply. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC was pleased to announce the formal acceptance of the Auxiliary Oilier Replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply from Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia S.A. “Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Government has worked with the prime and sub-contractors to innovate and implement solutions to deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s first Supply-class vessel Nuship Supply, based on the Spanish Cantabria design,” Minister Reynolds said. “The Australian Government remains committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in the shipbuilding enterprise. “Aus...


The  “Cooks and Stewards “ reunion is all go for the 9,10, and 11th  April  2021. Details are on the Cooks and Stewards Reunion Page on Facebook. Or  contact  Margaret Mitchell or Ray Neithe

RNZN In Memoriam 15 DECEMBER

BREWER Archibald Thomas SIG NZD4031 2003NEWPORT Basil LRD 17727 62 2008MALLARD, (nee Windleborn) Peggy Noeline WRNZNS 2012LEHNDORF Thomas Hugh (Matt) NZD1857 WWII, Korea 92 2013OSBORNE Ernest Royce (Roy) NZ7522 94 2014STEVENS Rupert John (Steve) OSEA 10322 RNZN WWII 90 2014SMYTH Patrick Thornley (Pat) 8257 91 2015

RNZN In Memoriam 10 DECEMBER:

EBBETT Frederick Irving LTEL NZ4373 1969POIHIPI Noel POSEA 40 1991GLOVER James Hayward TEL R(C)799 2003MORRISON Douglas Ronald ME1 16625 65 2005SHERBORNE Paul LT CDR (SO) RNZN 51 2011BLAKE Charles Beckett (Jacky) TEL A/1875 92 2013

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