2021 HMNZS Otago Reunion

Not long to go until the Otago Reunion in Tauranga. Please ensure you get yoru registration forms in and book your accommodation at the Armitage Hotel as rooms are getting booked out. Click here for registration form

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...

Tauranga women serve on Navy’s biggest ever ship

Morgan Tume and Kendra Young met in Year 9 at Tauranga Girls’ College, but it wasn’t until they were in Year 13 that they, along with two other girls in the same phys-ed class, discovered they each had a dream of joining the Royal New Zealand Navy. All four women are now in the RNZN and Able Communications Warfare Specialist Tume and Leading Logistic Supply Specialist Young have the honour of being posted to the RNZN’s newest and biggest-ever ship. The pair will be part of the inaugural crew of Aotearoa, a 173-metre sustainment vessel with “state-of-the-art design” and capability.

NZ Defence Force in court over death of Napier sailor Zachary Yarwood

From NZ Herald The New Zealand Defence Force has appeared in court over the death of Napier sailor Zachary Yarwood during a dive exercise in 2019. Navy able communications technician Yarwood, 23, died after a night-time dive at the Devonport Naval Base. He was diving in about six to eight metres of water at about 10pm on March 25 during advanced dive training. WorkSafe filed one representative charge against NZDF under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The charge alleges failures exposed five other sailors to risk of death or serious injury during the same exercise. The Defence Force did not enter a plea on Wednesday and the case was adjourned until July 21. A police inquiry into Yarwood’s death continues. A driven young man, Yarwood had a collection of medals including the NZSOM, N...

Southland officer stationed onboard NZ Navy’s biggest ship

From Stuff.co.nz When the Royal New Zealand Navy’s biggest ship sets out on its first official journey, Southland-born Chief Petty Officer Dean Hapi will be the man making sure its kitted out. Hapi, who is a logistics supply specialist, will be a member of the Aotearoa’s inaugural crew when the ship is formally commissioned later this month. He can’t wait to get on board. “I have never been part of commissioning a ship before and doing that with Aotearoa – the largest ship the RNZN has ever had – will make it a unique experience,” he said. “It will be exciting and a privilege, but will also come with a lot of responsibility.” Hapi’s job is to make sure navy ships have everything from photocopy paper and cleaning products to engine parts, bullets and weapon systems o...

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

Lost Password