We are a country that is surrounded by water and it influences every aspect of New Zealand life. Therefore, the Royal New Zealand Navy plays an active and proud part in New Zealand’s maritime defence and security. Our fast, versatile and well-resourced fleet protects the country from drugs, terrorism and piracy, all of which pose threats to our security and way of life.
As a military organisation, being skilled in all areas of warfare, including combat is a priority for both officers and sailors. All Navy personnel are trained and committed to protecting New Zealand and its wider interests and commitments. While we do make a significant contribution to the ongoing mission in Afghanistan, we also work to prevent conflict and maintain peace in other locations around the world. So as well as being here to provide maritime security for New Zealand and our allies, we also play our part in wider global security initiatives such as the fight against terrorism, in which we regularly send warships to areas like the Gulf region.
The oceans can be dangerous and unpredictable. So if anyone gets into trouble at sea, we’re on hand to provide search and rescue - to save lives. But it’s not just about what happens above the waves. Our diving and research teams have the expertise to go deeper. This could be anything from mine clearance to undertaking essential underwater research, so that we’re always improving our understanding of our coastlines and waters. This isn’t just limited to New Zealand either. We have a permanent research base in the Antarctic, which we supply with resources and personnel.
Away from home, our diplomatic missions help foster strong political and trading relationships with other countries. We also have a responsibility to support our neighbours and friends in times of need. This takes us literally all over the world, providing additional resources and expertise in a diverse range of environments and situations, from peacekeeping duties to humanitarian missions in countries affected by natural disasters and wars. Read about how you can make a difference.
When you’re called upon to perform such a diverse range of tasks, you need two things: highly trained people and cutting-edge technology. From helicopter pilots to $600m warships, we’ve got the personnel and the resources. But we’re always looking for more people with the potential to become part of our team – that’s where you come in.