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International Naval Review 17-22 November 2016

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

International Naval Review

Last month we successfully celebrated our naval heritage at the same time responding to the earthquake in Kaikoura.

We now look forward to the final act. The commemoration of the actual anniversary of the loss of HMS NEPTUNE when 150 young New Zealanders lost their lives at sea. The Closing Ceremony will take place at the Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington, 18 December 2016.

On 1 October 1941, His Majesty King George VI approved the designation "Royal New Zealand Navy" for the regular element of the New Zealand Naval Forces.

2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of our Navy.

Activities included:
16 Nov - Formation Entry (6am - 2pm, Auckland Harbour)*
18 Nov - The "1,000 Sailor" street march (11:30am - 12:15pm, Queen Street, Auckland)
19 Nov - International Naval Review (12:30pm - 2:30pm, Auckland Harbour)
20 Nov - Ships open to visitors (10am - 4pm, Auckland waterfront)
20 Nov - Divine service (2pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland)
22 Nov - Fleet departure (10am onwards, Auckland Harbour)

18 Dec - Closing Ceremony (8:30pm, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington)

For more information on events visit the 75th Anniversary website
Download Events Poster [PDF]



Earthquake support for Kaikoura

A major, 7.5, earthquake struck New Zealand in the early hours of Monday morning, 14 November 2016. The quake was located 15km North East of Culverden, in the vicinity of Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura.

As was proven when the last significant earthquake struck Christchurch, the Navy and wider New Zealand Defence Force is a major asset available to support Government relief efforts.

The NZDF is supporting the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). The MCDEM is leading the National Crisis Management Centre and co-ordinate the NZ All of Government response.

Fast facts: NZDF and foreign support for the Government’s earthquake response


  • NH90 medium utility helicopters (4) – 122 flying hours, delivered 25 tonnes of aid and ferried about 290 people
  • A109 helicopter (2) – 23 flying hours
  • SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopter  (2) – helped offload the 216 tonnes of aid supplies from HMNZS CANTERBURY in underslung loads
  • C-130 Hercules (1) – 19 flying hours and airdropped 8 tonnes of water
  • P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft (1) – 15 flying hours
  • B200 King Air (1) – 15 flying hours


  • Amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY – evacuated some 640 people carrying 9.3 tonnes of baggage, one cat, 17 dogs and about 30,000 bees
  • Offshore patrol vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON – survey of approaches for landing crafts and anchorage positions
  • Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA
  • Replenishment tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR

Foreign assistance

  • Australian frigate HMAS DARWIN + 1 S70B Seahawk helicopter + 177 sailors
  • Canadian frigate HMCS VANCOUVER + 1 CH-124 Sea King helicopter + 231 sailors
  • US destroyer USS SAMPSON + 2X MH60 Seahawk helicopters + 340 sailors
  • US Navy P-3 aerial surveillance aircraft – 15 flying hours
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 aerial surveillance aircraft – 12 flying hours

NZDF personnel

  • Navy – about 410 sailors
  • Army – 150 soldiers, including nine Army chefs catering for 250 volunteers assisting in the relief effort in Kaikoura
  • Air Force – 55 aircrew and some 200 support personnel on the ground at bases in Whenuapai, Ohakea, and Woodbourne,  and Christchurch

People evacuated by HMNZS CANTERBURY and RNZAF NH90 helicopters – nearly 1000 people (with 9.3 tonnes of baggage, one cat, 17 dogs and about 30,000 bees)

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