Category : Defence
Author: Royal New Zealand Navy
From topside to inside. Following the installation of her new superstructure, HMNZS Te Mana recently moved across Canada’s Esquimalt Harbour from Victoria Shipyards to the Fleet Maintenance Facility for the next stage of her frigate systems upgrade.

Article: https://www.facebook.com/NZNavy/photos/a.390631373008/10160844930563009/
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Category : Defence
Author: Wellington higher courts reporter

A Defence Force member traumatised on top secret operations should not be kicked out of the force for indecently assaulting two women, his lawyer says.

Corporal Benjamin Stewart​, 40, now has post-traumatic stress disorder due to his service and treatment would likely have to come from mental health professionals with top secret clearance speaking to him in a secure environment, lawyer Michael Bott​ told a Court Martial Appeal Court hearing in Wellington on Monday.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/124687402/defence-force-member-was-harmed-on-topsecret-ops-lawyer-says
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Well I don't think I believe this so much... Captains table never accepted the defence of "I was pissed at the time." And being on a secret mission is just BS, and I would only believe secret if he was SAS and if he was SAS I doubt that he would have assaulted them... So I call BS. 

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Author: NZDF
The remaining New Zealand Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan have returned home, having lowered the flag on the NZDF’s 20-year deployment to the country.
 
The Government announced recently that it was time to conclude the deployment.

Article: https://www.nzdf.mil.nz/nzdf/news/final-deployment-lowers-flag-on-nzdfs-time-in-afghanistan/
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Author: NZDF

This week, in favourable sea conditions and 250 nautical miles southeast of Tonga, the crew of HMNZS Aotearoa retrieved a Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoy that had been drifting since it broke its mooring in December.

The buoy was part of a network managed by the National Emergency Management Agency that provides tsunami monitoring and detection coverage for New Zealand and the southwest Pacific.

Article: https://www.nzdf.mil.nz/nzdf/news/navy-retrieves-drifting-pacific-tsunami-buoy/
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Author: NZDF

The New Zealand Defence Force has taken a second supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to another country, this time to Timor-Leste.

Crew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 Hercules yesterday delivered approximately 5500kgs of PPE to Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, following a surge in COVID-19 cases in that country.

Article: https://www.nzdf.mil.nz/nzdf/news/rnzaf-delivers-ppe-supplies-to-timor-leste
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Category : News
Author: Dan Lake

A Twitter exchange between Scottish authorities and a member of the public has gone viral after Queen Elizabeth II was mistaken for a giant navy ship with a similar name.

Scotland police issued a public notice advising that due to the presence of HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Clyde, no aircraft were allowed to fly within 3 nautical miles of the ship.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2021/03/queen-mistaken-for-giant-navy-ship-in-hilarious-twitter-exchange-with-scotland-police.html
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Category : Defence
Author: Nighthawk

I have thought about this over and over and have changed my mind many times at what I think the future Royal New Zealand Navy should consist of. I have seen other articles that consist of submarines and various other equipment that while New Zealand can technically afford them, there is more to it that just saying we need to have submarines.

One of the issues we have is that the various New Zealand Governments have not had a clear focus on what they want the entire defence force to do... Yes defend the country and our interests. But what does that actually entail. And until we know that you can not design a defence force to defend it.

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Category : Defence

Royal New Zealand Navy warship HMNZS Aotearoa made a port visit to Fleet Base East in Sydney, New South Wales, on 13 March 2021. Aotearoa has been exercising off the east coast of Australia to test her capabilities in international waters. This has included Replenishment at Sea (RAS) exercises with Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart and frigate HMAS Stuart. The RAS training was a chance to strengthen relationships between the two neighbouring countries and has showcased Navy's interoperability at sea with its counterparts.

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