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issue 207 February 2017

SAILOR OF THE YEAR

SHAKING DOWN THE FLEET

CYCLE FOR OSCAR

T e Ta u a M o a n a – wa r r i o r s o f t h e s e a1

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NAVY TODAY ISSUE 207 2017

DIRECTORY Published to inform, inspire and entertain serving and former members of the RNZN, their families and friends and the wider Navy community. Navy Today is the official magazine of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Published by Defence Public Affairs, Wellington. Navy Today is now in its twenty first year of publication. Views expressed in Navy Today are not necessarily those of the RNZN or the NZDF.

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DESIGN & LAYOUT: Defence Public Affairs

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SAILOR OF THE YEAR

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SHAKING DOWN THE FLEET

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WARRANT OFFICER OF THE NAVY

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OSCAR’S DAY OUT

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NH90 CAPABLE

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A CENTURY OF SERVICE SAILOR OF THE YEAR

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MANAWANUI SEA SERVICE

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AUMANGEA

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ARCHER ON TARGET

SHAKING DOWN THE FLEET

T e Ta u a M o a n a – wa r r i o r s o f T h e s e a1

cover image: At sea during Navy shakedown week. HMNZS Te Kaha fires 5 inch gun. Photo: LAC DILLON ANDERSON

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CYCLE FOR OSCAR

CHIEF OF NAVY

Rear Admiral John Martin, ONZM

yours aye Happy New Year I hope you have had a great break surrounded by family and friends. While summer took its time to arrive, I hope you had the chance to enjoy the sun, beach and outdoors. The events of 2016 demonstrated to New Zealanders the value of their Navy. The celebrations of our 75th anniversary culminating in the International Naval Review, our contributions to disaster relief, both in Fiji and then in Kaikoura, and our continued work with partner agencies to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. All demonstrate our Navy’s value to the public and government of New Zealand. They have placed their trust in us and are proud of the work we do advancing New Zealand’s interests from the sea. We have returned to work and to a year that is full of promise and opportunity. Already we have been busy; the fleet has shaken down and is ready for operations. For them it will be a busy year – we are preparing to deploy 25 per cent of our fleet for operational missions in excess of six months. Additionally, TE MANA will head to Canada for an eight-month refit to her combat systems. At the same time we have a very busy programme of operational taskings in the South West Pacific and our Exclusive Economic Zone. In these missions we are supporting government age