The Royal New Zealand Navy is responsible for the maritime defence of New Zealand and it’s interests. This includes protecting the coastline and the economic resources of our oceans, and maintaining peace, security and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.
It’s a complex task. So we need to operate and maintain a range of ships, craft, teams and other hardware. Presently, this includes frigates, Seasprite helicopters, a hydrographic and oceanographic research ship, a diving team and support ship, a fleet tanker, an amphibious sealift ship and a range of patrol vessels. With all this, we can patrol both in-shore and offshore waters – all the way down to the Antarctic ice shelf!
Going to sea is an exciting experience. And you’ll enjoy sharing the sense of ship’s pride with your crewmates. A ship is just cold steel without you. With you, it’s a fast, modern and complex piece of technology that’s ready for anything.
How much time you actually spend at sea depends on your role. But one thing’s for sure. Being part of the Navy gives you an incredible sense of camaraderie, whether you’re on combat operations in the Gulf, patrolling in the South Pacific or peacekeeping on the other side of the world. And it opens up opportunities to travel in a way people in civilian life will never experience.