Navy Club Monthly Luncheon


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 Navy (RNZN) IPVs from service and dispose of them was explained. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor said operational experience with the IPVs had shown that specific tasks required of the naval patrol force were better conducted by the RNZN’s larger Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). “At the time of their entry into service, the IPVs provided operational capability around our coastline. But now we...


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 will bring credit to all New Zealanders,” she said. Aotearoa is the longest ship the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever had in its fleet at 176 metres long. Aotearoa will operate as a fleet tanker and a supply ship. It will be able to produce about 100,000 litres of fresh water each day.  Aotearoa will sail to New Zealand in the second quarter of 2020, where she will be formally co...


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 and Friends of the RNZN Museum, and includes a generous discount for membership. The discount may also be accessed by anyone joining these organisations when registering for the Conference. Please see attached flyer.

Navy Today Issue #234

Read the July issue Navy Today Issue 234


A reunion is to be held in Auckland 14-16 February 2020 for all those who served in HMNZS Tamaki on Motuihe Island (The Rock). This will be a one-off reunion to bring together those who experienced a unique time in their lives and the history of the RNZN. To have completed your training on that island was a triumph in itself and an experience that will never be forgotten. The reunion will be open to anyone who served on The Rock, either as a trainee or a member of the Ship’s Company. Wives, partners or sweethearts will be welcome to attend. If you are interested in attending the reunion please submit your registration via the form link –  Registration – Click Here

2018 Sailor of the Year LCSS Alicia Wall

On 14th May 1999, Rear Admiral Fred Wilson introduced the Sailor of the Year programme for Leading Rates and below, which gave the automatic entitlement to the badge awarded for a CNS Commendation, and an overseas trip accompanied by their spouse or partner. This year was the twentieth anniversary of the programme  The 2018 Sailor of the Year LCSS Alicia Wall spoke at the May Navy Club Luncheon accompanied by the Warrant Officer of the Navy, WO Wayne Dyke.     


It’s been called the “Commodore’s barge” or simply the “VIP barge”. To the Maintenance Support Team at Devonport Naval Base, she’s another job ticked off at the dockyard. The team have spent a month refreshing MAHANGA, the 14-metre vessel used by the Navy as a courtesy transport launch for Navy guests. Built by dockyard apprentices at HMNZS PHILOMEL in 1980 for Commodore Auckland, there is little history on her but she is likely named after one of two cross-harbour Liberty Boats built in 1966, MATAMUA and MAHANGA. The VIP barge is also used for ashes scattering ceremonies, a service the Navy provides to the public two or three times a year. The navigation suite aboard, newly installed by the MST, is a modern fixture, but there are elements of old-style sea practice in MAHANGA, particularly...


You will be aware from a previous post the composition of the Veterans Advisory Board which was established in August by the Minister of Defence.  This Board has been tasked with determining what is most probably the most fundamental question which will effect all Serving and ex Serving members of the New Zealand Defence Force. WHAT IS A VETERAN? The Board has been established under the Veterans Support Act 2014, Part 8 article 248 and comprises of: Six Army Personnel, five of which are non serving,  two serving Airforce personnel and one Member of Parliament (Retired)  a further serving Airforce representative has been named to stand in for any serving personnel who are unable to attend. What is missing here?  There is no Navy representative on this Board!   Now if you don’t care or have ...


An ignominious end for a fine lady. The Harbourmaster had her crushed and taken to the tip last week. He was asked if some parts could be salvaged but to my knowledge did not give the courtesy of a reply. The attached pictures show all that was left at the scrap dealer’s yard. RIP Haku


The Ngapona Assn held its AGM and the committee remains unchanged: President – Jerry Payne Secretary – Shaun McAuley Treasurer – Terry Creagh Committee – Wayne Smith Committee – Richard Maddix Committee – Bob Mohammed CO’s Rep – Lt Cdr Nigel Heslop

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