“Hey guys. This is the ex HMNZS KIWI now SARASU which I spent a bit of time on her when I was in the RNZNVR. This is Fishing boat harbour, Perth, Western Australia. I was lucky enough to be invited on board for a tour and was completely amazed at the transformation. Brought back a lot of memories from the day.”  


The CO HMNZS Ngapona has once again invited ex members of Ngapona to attend the ANZAC Day Parade at the Memorial Wall at the Naval Base. The parade will march off at 0800, followed by the service and light refreshments. There will still be time to attend other parades during the morning. To assist in organising the parade we need an indication of numbers. Last year we had a good muster, let’s see if we can do better this year. Please indicate your intentions by replying to

More Members Needed

Our club needs to grow and while it did grow during 2016 we do need an increase in membership to ensure the clubs future. A new member application form is available here and can be emailed or sent to our mail box with the $20.00 or pay by direct credit. WARNING. The secretary is not clairvoyant so after depositing club subs insert your name and the word SUBS in the reference on your deposits. Any deposits not identified are treated as donations

Hard Return (or, Fred Wilson goes back to Portsmouth)

In September, I spent six weeks in the UK with two objectives.  One was to do research on my two latest books and the other to attend the 55th anniversary of my year at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The book stuff relates firstly to a definitive history of HMS New Zealand entitled “The Compleat Sailor’s Guide to HMS New Zealand” and will be printed in December.  The second book, still a work in progress, is a “Diary of the RNZN”, which records what happened when.  The idea is you will be able to look up and remember when you commissioned that ship, were first issued with plastic sandals, Link 11 was introduced, Leander shot down a US aircraft, and a million other things – well perhaps not a million, but 999,999 at least.  Writing that is much more fun as I find out things I did...

Navy 75th Commemoration

Mother Nature seemed determined to disrupt the Navy’s long-planned commemoration of 75 years’ service, with weather and earthquakes making their impact felt. But in the end, while some events were affected, the people and ships of our international friends joined the fray to mark the occasion. All but one of the Old Salts planned sailings on the William C Daldy went ahead. The Fleet departure sailing  planned for Tuesday after the weekend was cancelled, given the late arrivals of some ships diverted to assist with the earthquake recovery and the staggered, or uncertain departures of others. All in all, Operation Neptune and the ‘Old Salts’ events were a great success.  

Something a little different

Stg Arthur Helm OBE. He prior to the War was a Post Office telegraphist working in the South Island. As part of their dress you might note they wore lanyards and their puggaree was a light blue, dark blue, light blue colour around their lemon squeezers. Arthur first gained notoriety with the NZ Divisional Signals in the Middle East by learning to ride a camel, attempting to become the first soldier to adapt to that form of transportation. After the War he wrote two books on his wartime experiences following up with a degree, an MA at Otago University and turning his energies to the Public Service. He was private secretary to Sir Keith Holyoake at one point. He was however to make his mark as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. It was as Secretary of the NZ Antarctic Society, and as a...

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