One of the greatest rewards of a Navy career is the feeling of having a made a positive difference to the world. These are some of the areas in which we work to make a difference.
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s first priority is to protect and defend New Zealand from threats to our way of life. We also work with our allies to contribute to global defence.
We are always on hand to lend support to those facing hardship. Currently we’re involved in a variety of innovative projects helping communities in places like Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. We’ve been contributing medical and dental personnel, as well as engineers and electricians.
While we might be a long way away geographically, we are very much a part of the wider global community. As such, we’re called upon to support peacekeeping initiatives all over the world. In recent years we’ve deployed to places including East Timor, Korea, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands.
We are heavily involved in keeping our waters safe, be it from debris or warfare items. We also assist in search and rescue and surveying what’s on the ocean floor - increasing our understanding of the seas on which we serve.
Since 1957, we have been involved in supplying New Zealand’s Scott base in Antarctica and conducting search and rescue on the ice. We also provide support to the United States Antarctic Programme.