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Armistice Day commemorations at Caroline Bay war memorial in Timaru

A weapon used in World War II was fired next to the Caroline Bay war memorial as South Canterbury marked Armistice Day. The 1941 South Canterbury Returned and Services Association’s 25-pounder Howitzer fired blanks three times in front of more than 30 people, including war veterans, before 11am on Wednesday. Read more from Stuff.co.nz here

SHIP OF THE WEEK – HMNZS TARAPUNGA (1980)

HMNZS Tarapunga was a modified Moa class inshore patrol vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). She was built in 1980 by the Whangarei Engineering and Construction Company as a version re-engineered for use as an inshore survey vessel. After decommissioning, she was purchased by North American owners and can be seen in Harper’s Island Episode 1, as the charter boat that brings the wedding party to the island. Can also be seen in season 2, episode 9, of Psych, from 2007

CHANGES IN SINGAPORE

The Central Business district of Singapore with on the left seen the disused Keppel Container terminal and in the back the Brani Container terminal and for the “older” seamen reading this newsletter along the bay in the middle seen the famous Clifford Pier, where for many years thousands (or millions) of seaman landed to go ashore to visit Change Alley, and the city for shopping, Bugis Street and a beer. The pier was closed on March 31, 2006 and is transformed into the Fullerton Bay hotel. The Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade, and which handle Singapore’s harbours and shipping. It is ranked as one the top maritime capital of the world since 2015 Currently the world’s second-busiest port in terms of total shipping to...

RNZN COMMUNICATORS REUNION 2021

After a bit of COVID uncertainty, we are pleased to advise you that our 2021 Reunion over the weekend of 26 – 28 March 2021 at New Plymouth is going ahead. So what does this mean? This means that Level 1 does not preclude our 2021 Reunion from taking place and our New Zealand domiciled membership from attending. Our quarantine regulations will remain in place under Level 1 so it is unlikely that our international membership will consider attending as they will need to meet their own 14-day quarantine costs. But the choice is theirs to make. If you have been holding off registering because of COVID, now is the time to join your shipmates for a weekend of ‘tall tales’ and reminiscing.

TAMAKI REUNION – HELP REQUIRED

To tell the true story of Tamaki-Fort Cautley is going to require help from many personnel who completed their training at this special place. As our members know I am endeavouring to write a reunion book of our history. Unlike Tamaki-Motuihe this Tamaki had numerous schools and courses involved. The reason I started writing these anecdotes was to assist me to compile information to write this book. My request is for those of you who did training at OTS, Apprentice school, BBT’s, Command courses, specific branch courses such as RP’s, S&S, Coms, Marine engineers etc to POST COMMENTS on our site, MESSAGE me or EMAIL me at gijackd@yahoo.com with your stories. By Jack Donnelly

SHIP OF THE WEEK – HMNZS TARANAKI

HMNZS Taranaki (F148) was a modified Rothesay-class frigate in service with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) from 1960 to 1982. She, along with her sister ship Otago, formed a core part of the RNZN escort force throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She was named after Taranaki Province. Taranaki‘s first crew arrived in Cowes on 27 March 1961 after a full military march from Plymouth; the ship commissioned into the RNZN a day later. The new frigate had been fitted out with an impressive amount of fine worked wood panelling in the ward room and other joint facilities. She was formally handed over on 29 March after completing her final sea trials. She was however a dated design, compared to the Tribal-class ...

NEW PATROL BOAT FOR TONGA

The Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program has reached a new milestone as the Kingdom of Tonga received their second Australian-built Guardian-class Patrol Boat at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia. This is the eighth Guardian-class vessel to be delivered under the Program. The High Commissioner to Australia HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho and His Majesty’s Armed Forces’ Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Siu Fifita accepted the VOEA Ngahau Siliva on behalf of Tonga. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said she was pleased to attend the ceremony and see how Australia’s defence industry and Austal Ships are playing a key role in the Pacific Maritime Security Program. “Australia is proud to play a part in the next generation of Pacific maritime capabilit...

NEW ICEBREAKER FOR AUSTRALIA

New Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina will shortly be ready for sea trials, with progress on the internal fit-out and systems testing of the ship almost complete, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The ship was moved in August from Damen’s Romanian shipyard to its current location in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, to enable equipment manufacturers to check and test the installation of its complex systems. After a month long journey of nearly 7000 kilometres, RSV Nuyina arrived in the Netherlands in late August for the final stages of its testing and commissioning. The ship will be ready for sea trials in a few weeks, followed by sea ice trials in the Arctic in late January. RSV Nuyina is expected to arrive in Hobart mid-2021. For this season the Australian Antarctic Division has chartered MPV Ev...

The British Royal Navy is testing out jetpack assault teams

For decades, science fiction has been telling us that jet packs are right around the corner. But, while it seems there’ll still be some time before any of us are using them to get to work, the UK and US have been experimenting with jet suits for a number of applications, including defense. Of course, this isn’t the first time Gravity Industries’ jet packs have been spotted flying around Royal Navy ships. That’s fitting, seeing as Gravity Industries’ founder Richard Browning served in the British Royal Marines prior to beginning his new life as a jet pack mogul. Last year, he had the opportunity to fly his 5-engine jet pack suit around the pride of the Royal Navy, the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Read the full story from Task and Purpose here

CONTE DI CAVOUR – Italian Navy Aircraft Carrier

The Conte di Cavour (550) is one of two actively serving Italian Navy aircraft carriers. The newer Cavour was commissioned in 2008 and was completed with a straight deck design featuring a ski jump ramp offset to portside for supporting its air wing of Harrier IIs and AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin helicopters – approximately 20 total aircraft.

Australia withdraws Navy operations in Middle East to focus on Asia-Pacific, China

A three-decades-long Australian naval presence in the Middle East will come to an abrupt end this year as the Federal Government grapples with an increasingly uncertain strategic environment closer to home. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has announced Australia will no longer send a Royal Australian Navy ship to the Middle East every year. The last Australian Navy ship deployed to the region, HMAS Toowoomba, returned to Australia in June this year. Australia will also withdraw from the United States-led naval coalition patrolling the Strait of Hormuz at the end of 2020. Read the full story from Radio NZ here

Sailor dragged beside boat as ‘punishment’ suffers serious foot injuries after being sucked into propeller

A sailor who was dragged beside an inflatable boat as punishment during a Navy dive course suffered serious injuries when his foot was caught in the propeller. Stuff learned of the incident while investigating the death of Able Diver Zachary Yarwood on the next intake of the dive course a few months after the August 2018 incident. Read the full story from Stuff.co.nz here

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