Author: Pandy Fruean

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..

DID YOU KNOW?

On Thursday the 10 July 1985 the-British registered Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Auckland harbour by French saboteurs of the DGSE. Greenpeace Photographer Fernando Pereira was killed when the limpet mines exploded. The Navy’s initial response was just 2 hours alter the explosions, when leading Diver (LDR) Schmidt of the Operational Diving Team (OPT) entered the wreck and rec...

HMAS SUCCESS (II) DECOMMISSIONED

HMAS Success (II), the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet, was decommissioned at her homeport at Sydney’s Garden Island on Saturday. HMAS Success – dubbed the “Battle Tanker” – has been operational for 33 years, sailing more than a million nautical miles and completing nearly 3,500 replenishments around the world. The 157-meter Durance Class Replenishment Oiler w...

CHIEF OF NAVY COMMENDATION FOR WARRANT OFFICER REECE GOLDING MNZM, MSM.

After completing 49 years of outstanding service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Warrant Officer Combat Specialist Reece Golding MNZM, MSM, transferred to the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve on 30 November 2011 and was subsequently posted to HMNZS NGAPONA (Tauranga sub unit). WOSCS Golding holds a pivotal coordination role within the command team as Whole Ships Coordinator, and is directly responsi...

DID YOU KNOW?

On 22 July 1995 HMNZS Te Kaha was launched at Melbourne by Mrs Joan Bolger, and commissioned at Queen’s Wharf, Auckland, exactly two years later. HMNZS Te Kaha is currently undergoing a refit in Canada.

CHILEAN TRAINING SHIP ESMERALDA

The Esmeralda is on a five day visit to Auckland arriving 0830 on 19 July and departing 1600 on 23 July. She will be open to the public on Princess Wharf over the weekend 20/21 July 1000-1200 and 1400-1800. The ship is the sixth to carry the name Esmeralda. Construction began in Cádiz, Spain, in 1946. She was intended to become Spain’s national training ship. During her construction in 1947 ...

CROSSED THE BAR

Cdr Tony Chadwick, RNZN (rtd), ex RNO Christchurch, passed away peacefully yesterday with his family around him. Funeral details will be forwarded in due course.

LARKING, James (Jim). WWII, Regtl No. 445237, Trooper.

On Monday 13th May 2019, peacefully at Mary Shapley Rest Home and Hospital; aged 96 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Mavis. Loved father and father inlaw of John and Yvonne, Brian and Julia, Paul and Christine, Neil and Linda. Cherished grandpa of 12 and great grandpa of 13. A funeral service for Jim will be held in the Chapel of Willetts Funeral Services Ltd, 21 King Street, Whakatane, on ...

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