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SHIP OF THE WEEK – HMNZS CHARLES UPHAM

HMNZS Charles Upham (A02) was a Mercandian 2-in-1 class roll-on/roll-off vessel operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) between 1994 and 2001. The vessel was built for the Danish shipping company Mercandia during the early 1980s, and operated under the names Mercandian Queen II and Continental Queen II. The New Zealand Defence Force had identified the need for a logistic support ship as earl...

CAR CARRIER TO BE CUT UP

The car carrier GOLDEN RAY that ran aground and capsized in St Simons Sound while it was departing from the Georgia port of Brunswick on September 8 will be cut in place and removed, after maritime experts determined that it is not possible to safely right and refloat the vessel in a fully intact condition. A statement from Unified Command, set up by the US Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natur...

JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS LOCATED

Two of the four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk at the Battle of Midway during World War II have been found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington said on Monday this week. The wreckage of what appears to be the carrier KAGA was located Oct. 16, and that of the AKAGI was found on Sunday.  The Midway atoll that gave the June 1942 battle is abou...

COULD THIS BE THE NEXT STEP FOR AUCKLAND?

ABB, a global pioneering technology leader, will jointly develop the technology for autonomous vessels and retrofit a 32-meter harbour tugboat with leading-edge digital solutions, enabling autonomous vessel operations in the Port of Singapore at the end of 2020. Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug. During the initial phase of the project, the ...

DID YOU KNOW?

On 6 November 1947, WG (Gary) Stokes joined HMNZS Tamaki as a Boy Entry. Later his five sons all joined the RNZN – one a year for five years. Lyle in January 1971, Wayne in May 1972, Shane in January 1973, Brian in January 1974 and Glen in January 1975.

TWO INSHORE PATROL VESSELS DECOMMISSIONED

Two Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessels, HMNZS Pukaki and HMNZS Rotoiti, were decommissioned on 17 October at a formal ceremony at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. The decommissioning of the two Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) was signaled in the Defence Capability Plan that was publicly released earlier this year. In the plan, the intention to remove two of the four Royal New Zealand Nav...

AOTEAROA

New Zealand’s largest Navy ship was christened on Friday in Ulsan, South Korea, with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy naming it ‘Aotearoa’. Dame Patsy said in a statement that she was proud to be given the honour of sponsoring Aotearoa and naming her.  “Aotearoa will carry the name of our country to all corners of the world, and I’m sure the ship and her crew wi...

TONGA – TERRA AUSTRALIS CONFERENCE

This Conference is to be held at the Naval Base 15-17 November 2019, with functions also at the Navy Museum. The Conference will explore the discovery and exploration of the Southern Lands by both Polynesian and European navigators, and the encounters between these people in the period up to Lieutenant James Cook’s voyage in HMB Endeavour. The Conference is co-hosted by the Captain Cook Society an...

Navy Today Issue #234

Read the July issue Navy Today Issue 234

MOA CLASS INSHORE PATROL VESSEL

I was asked recently if I knew the whereabouts of the IPVs which were assigned to the four RNZNVR Divisions. I .thought I knew where most of them were but ex HMNZS Kiwi operated by HMNZS Toroa eluded me. I did some investigation and what I found was very interesting. She was built by Whangarei Engineering, as were all the others, and commissioned on 2 September 1984. Her home port was Lyttelton. S...

NGAPONA ASSN – MID YEAR FUNCTION

We held our Mid-Year Function at the Bays Club last Saturday. I would have to say that the night was a great success. In spite of the weather we had over 30 attendees. The venue was great, the food was great and the company was great. For those who were unable to attend you missed a good night. Thanks to Terry Creagh organising the event.

FRIENDS OF THE RNZN MUSEUM TRUST

If you have an interest in the RNZN and preserving its history, why not join the Friends of the RNZN Museum Trust? See the attached Enrolment Form..

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