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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.


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 the yard in which she was being built suffered catastrophic explosions, which damaged the ship and placed the yard on the brink of bankruptcy. Work on the ship was temporarily halted. In 1950 Chile and Spain entered into negotiations in which Spain offered to repay debts incurred to Chile as a result of the Spanish Civil War in the form of manufactured products, including the not yet completed Esm...


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 Thursday 16th May at 2pm, followed by burial in the New Lawn Memorial Section of Hillcrest Cemetery. Communications please to the Larking Family, C/- PO Box 2070, Whakatane

WHITLA, John William (Jack): (Reg. No. 620033 Tpr 2NZEF)

On May 13, 2019, peacefully at home. Aged 95 years. Loved husband of the late Nancy, much loved father and father-in-law of Karen, John and Cheryl, Annie and Soren, and Julie. Loved Grandad of Nikki, Hayley, Raquel, Crystal, Justin, Scott, Andy, Aimee, Jacob, and Alexis. Great-Grandad of Joanne, Holly, Ava, Isobelle, Eden, Kaitlyn, Mason, Amelia, Zack, and Saylem. Great-Great-Grandad of Tyson, and Maddison. Loved brother-in-law of Gail and David of Nelson. In lieu of flowers donations to the R.S.A. would be appreciated and may be made at the service. Messages for the Whitla family may be sent C/- PO Box 39127, Christchurch 8545. The Funeral for Jack will be held in the Opawa Community Church, Cnr Opawa and Aynsley Terrace, Opawa, Christchurch, on Friday, May 17, at 11.00am.

KAHOTEA, Nicholas Ryan. Regt: 01019698, LCPL, 1NZSAS. Suddenly on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019; aged 35 years. A treasured son, brother, uncle, cousin; beloved partner of Sophie and father of Delilah. Friend to many throughout and dedicated professional. The SAS trooper who died during a training exercise has been farewelled in a moving private service. Lance Corporal Nicholas Kahotea is believed to have jumped from a helicopter onto a building last Wednesday night when he missed and fell several stories to the ground. The jump was part of a counter-terrorism exercise between New Zealand and the United States that was suspended for several days following his death before resuming on Monday. He was yesterday farewelled by family and friends during a “moving private service” at ...


A $103 million vessel for the Ministry of Defence has berthed in Wellington after 46 days travelling from Denmark.  The diving support and hydrographic survey vessel, named Edda Fonn, was purchased second-hand from Norway. Frank Dyer, the integrated project team leader for the dive and hydrographic vessel, said it was packed with world-class facilities for both diving and hydrographic specialists. Disaster relief, search and recovery and explosives disposal are among the many tasks it could be utilised for in the Pacific. “A typical mission … to the islands in Fiji, it could get up there in just over three days and could hold station there for close to a month.”  It could run tasks up there, return home and still have over 40 per cent of its fuel, Dyer said. The ship̵...

Operation HIKI ANO

Concentrated training period for our sailors and officers. HIKI ANO has been designed to accelerate Navy’s readiness prior to the introduction of the Dive Hydrographic vessel (MANAWANUI), Polar-class sustainment vessel (AOTEAROA) and the return of the modernised Anzac frigates (TE KAHA and TE MANA). HIKI ANO is taking place over the period 29 April to 14 June 2019. HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY and WELLINGTON along with shore establishments like the Devonport Naval Base will be platforms for training our sailors and officers. Focussed training will include enhance promotion flow, leadership workshops, weapon familiarisation, refresher courses, and dedicated activities at sea to up skill and qualify personnel.


As the U.S. land wars in the Middle East fade into obscurity, Washington is slowly bracing itself for the naval age that will dominate the twenty-first century. Inherently a maritime nation, the future of America’s role in the world will be determined by its sea power. In light of China’s entrance into the global commons, no other military branch is flexible enough to respond to Beijing’s challenge and maintain the balance-of-power in the Indo-Pacific. But despite its unmatched technological superiority, the Navy has the numbers problem as a result of self-inflicted disarmament of the United States. Due to perceived low-level maritime threats such as piracy and smuggling in the seas, the U.S. Navy was reduced dramatically in the aftermath of the Cold War. There were simpl...


A little-known piece of Australian Navy history dating back to the First World War is being kept alive with a British Bulldog by the name of Hank becoming the first mascot for ‘the Steel Cat’, HMAS Brisbane (III). Hank – who carries the honourary rank of Leading Seaman – took pride of place when Brisbane’s 200 officers and sailors recently exercised their Freedom of Entry with a march through the streets of Brisbane. The Freedom of Entry march was one of many activities the Air Warfare Destroyer fit into the maiden port visit to her namesake city. The tradition of a British Bulldog representing warships goes back over a century to the First World War. In 1941 an advertisement was placed in the Courier Mail newspaper calling for a “Brisbane British Bulldo...


The Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has today (24 April 2019) announced additional funding to support the wellbeing of New Zealand’s veterans and their families.  The funding will go towards health and wellbeing assessments for veterans to ensure that when they leave the Defence Force they are linked to the right support services. “The review of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 published by Professor Ron Paterson identified that we need to do more for our veterans and their families,” says Ron Mark. This new funding package will address some of his key findings, and help meet increasing demands for services.”We now have upwards of 31,000 contemporary veterans in New Zealand. These younger veterans need early interventions to prevent service-related mental and phy...


At a launch ceremony this week, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s first purpose-built ship in 10 years, HMNZS Aotearoa, finally found herself in her natural environment only eight months after her keel was laid in a South Korean shipyard, the RNZN press office announced on April 25. HMNZS Aotearoa auxiliary ship was constructed at the Hyundai Heavy Industries dry dock under a USD327 million contract. In 2020, it will replace the Navy’s latest replenishment oiler, HMNZS Endeavour, which was decommissioned in 2017. “Seeing a ship of this size and capability on the water nearing full completion is a really exciting time for our Navy,” said the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, during his speech. “Aotearoa will provide us with a world-class maritime sustainmen...

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