Australian navy ship tows unexploded 45kg bomb out to sea

Australian navy divers have removed an unexploded 45-kilogram bomb on a reef off the southeastern coast and a ship towed it to deeper waters because it posed a “significant risk” to the public. Read more here

Navy drug investigation: how an unlawful search sunk multiple drug charges

A chance sighting of a bong in the back of a sailor’s car sparked a sprawling investigation into drug offending within the military. But early cellphone searches by investigators were found to be unlawful fishing expeditions, and torpedoed more than two-dozen drugs charges. George Block reports. It was a mild August morning in 2017 when two members of the military police strolling Auckland’s Devonport Naval Base saw something suspicious in the back of a sailor’s car. They confronted and questioned the car’s owner. The man, who has name suppression, admitted the item spotted by Warrant Officer Master at Arms Richard Mathers was a bong and that there was cannabis in his car. The military police successfully sought permission from his commanding officer, Lieutenant Comma...

WWII veterans honoured

eterans who were meant to attend the cancelled National Commemoration to mark the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War will still receive mementoes for the event. Read the full story here

World-renowned Hawke’s Bay architect Guy Natusch dies aged 99

Hawke’s Bay former World War II Royal New Zealand Navy Sub-lieutenant has died aged 99. Read the full story here

Vestdavit wins contract to supply six Australian Navy patrol boats

Press Release – Leading davit supplier Vestdavit has secured an agreement with Austal Australia to deliver twelve boat launch-and-recovery systems for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The marine davits will be installed on six new Cape-class patrol boats (CCPBs), under construction for the Navy at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. Read the full story here

Grieving mum still angry 18 months after navy diver’s death

Ocean survivor Rob Hewitt says you ‘never want to give up’


A photographic exhibition at the Navy Museum is the work of artist – Denise Baynham. To view click on this LINK The exhibition tells the story of Operation Grapple through the words of the veterans who were there. The portraits are to honour and recognise the veterans – this is their story. Opens in the Navy Museum Temporary Gallery Saturday 19th September until mid-December, 2020.Free admission. 10am – 5pm – 7 days a week. 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport Please note: The exhibition includes sensitive themes and may not be suitable for young children. 


Trapped by Pandemic, ships’ crews fight exhaustion and despair. When borders closed, seafarers on ships around the world suddenly had no way home. Half a year later, there’s no solution in sight. Ralph Santillan, a merchant seaman from the Philippines, hasn’t had shore leave in half a year. It has been 18 months since he reported for duty on his ship, which hauls corn, barley and other commodities around the world. It has been even longer since he saw his wife and son. “There’s nothing I can do,” Mr. Santillan said late last month from his ship, a 965-foot bulk carrier off South Korea. His time on the ship, where he spends long days chipping rust off the deck or cleaning out cargo holds, was supposed to have ended in February, after an 11- month stint — the maximum length for a seafarer’s ...


MSC Gülsün at the time of her launch in 2019 was the world’s largest container ship. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, she is almost 62 metres (203 ft 5 in) wide and 400 metres (1,312 ft 4 in) long. With a cargo system designed by MacGregor International AB the ship has a capacity of 23,756 containers (23,756 TEU) in rows of 24 across. MSC Gülsün is registered in Panama and operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company based in Geneva, Switzerland and The Netherlands. The vessel is equipped with more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe. Her Gross Tonnage is 232618t and maximum...

Royal New Zealand Navy’s Te Kaha Frigate Starts Post-Upgrade Sea Trials

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)’s frigate HMNZS Te Kaha started sea trials in Canada following a mid life upgrade. It is the first of two Anzac-class frigates set to receive the Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) at Seaspan shipyards with Lockheed Martin Canada acting as prime contractor. Read more from the Naval News here


NUSHIP SUPPLY, the lead ship for the RAN’s Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships has sailed from Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in Spain for Australia. NUSHIP SUPPLY will arrive in WA early October and will be based at HMAS Stirling where the installation and testing of the combat and communications systems, as well as some logistics areas will be completed by Australian industry. Once in-service the AORs will operate in a joint manner with the wider maritime force and ADF to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.

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