Launch of Badge competition for HMNZS AOTEAROA
A unique opportunity for New Zealanders to design the badge for the Navy's next ship
Soon, the Royal New Zealand Navy will welcome HMNZS AOTEAROA – the replacement replenishment ship for HMNZS ENDEAVOUR.
Like every other ship in the Navy’s fleet, Aotearoa will have an official badge. But first we need one designed and this is your opportunity to have a hand in that. The badge will be an enduring symbol of the ship, displayed on plaques, the ship itself and on crew members’ uniforms.
“It will reflect the name of the ship, its meaning and what it represents to New Zealand,” says Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin. “It should be something simple yet striking.”
So for your opportunity to design a piece of Navy history, visit www.aotearoa.mil.nz - It has all the details on the competition, the prizes, examples of our current ship badges, how to download a badge template and how to submit it.
HMNZS TE KAHA Homecoming
On Friday, HMNZS Te Kaha returns from a five month deployment to South-east Asia and will have a ceremonial homecoming and gun-salute at Devonport Naval Base.
Families of the ship’s company will be very excited to see their loved ones come home after five months at sea. During her deployment, Te Kaha visited 10 countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Japan, and Guam. Te Kaha and her ship’s company also took part in three exercises: EX Ocean Explorer, EX Bersama Shield and EX Pacific Guard.
Until recently, Te Kaha was attached to the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the Western Pacific undertaking combined operations. This deployment provided a unique opportunity for the crew of Te Kaha to increase their interoperability and readiness skills according to Chief of Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin. “The opportunity for HMNZS Te Kaha to work with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and support the 7th Fleet in conducting warfare training and security operations is allowing our sailors and officers to measure themselves, their ship and their training against the key regional partners of the Pacific fleet.” And this is reinforced by the Commanding Officer of Te Kaha, Steve Lenik, who said that the officers and crew are relishing the opportunity to show what they can do. “This deployment proved many things to the ship’s company. Chief among them is the fact that we are able to develop high-end operational capabilities across the spectrum of maritime operations and have the will to continue doing so.”
Te Kaha covered 32,551 nautical miles, there are 159 sailors on board.
Friday 28 July 2017
1.17 pm Te Kaha fires a 17 Gun-salute followed by a 7 Gun-Salute from Devonport Naval Base
1.30 pm Te Kaha berths at Devonport Naval Base
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