ISSUE 206 DECEMBER 2016
Celebrating our 75th Anniversary
From wartime duty To Kaikoura’s rescue Happy Birthday to the Royal New Zealand Navy
NAVY TODAY ISSUE 206 2016
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From wartime duty To Kaikoura’s rescue
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TRIBUTE TO INDIAN NAVY
COVER IMAGE: HMNZS TE KAHA LEADS KAIKOURA’S INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE INTO WELLINGTON HARBOUR. IN ORDER: HMCS VANCOUVER, HMAS DARWIN, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, USS SAMPSON.
YOURS AYE CHIEF OF NAVY
RADM John Martin, ONZM
s I write, December has clicked over in the calendar signalling the festive month and the last few weeks of our 75th Anniversary Year. Throughout the year, we have also conducted the normal activities of the Navy. We continued to train, participated in exercises; including RIMPAC, conducted workups and deployed on operations from the Southern Ocean to the Equator, including disaster relief operations afar and at home. Last month’s International Naval Review and the events in the South Island underscored how professional and agile our Navy is. The International Naval Review was the culmination of nearly two years intensive planning and was executed in a manner that brought credit to you all. We did not achieve it alone; Army and Air Force colleagues, whole of government agencies, sponsors and Auckland City provided support and capacity. And we needed it. Running a very large, highly complex, multi-dimensional naval operation while responding to the earthquake in Kaikoura, adapting to the closure of Defen