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The Naval Battle for Crete »

May 20, 2016
For the Navy the Battle for Crete covers the period from late April to early June 1941 and falls into two phases — the evacuation of troops from Greece to Crete; and the evacuation of Crete. The seven weeks prior to these operations the Navy had been fully occupied transporting troops to Greece. Operation LUSTRE […]
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Dazzle ships »

March 21, 2016
A brief history of Dazzle Dazzle paint was developed by the artist Norman Wilkinson and used on ships in the First and Second World Wars to confuse the eyes of the enemy. Dazzle isn’t camouflage: it was realised very early on that it would be impossible to give a ship one paint scheme that would […]
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HMNZ Ships Moa and Kiwi »

January 29, 2016
Background Three small Bird class corvettes ordered in 1939, HMNZS Moa, Tui, and Kiwi were built by Henry Robb Ltd., of Leith, Scotland between 1940 and 1941. This class was based on the design of an experimental Royal Navy minesweeping trawler were the first new ships to enter service with the Royal New Zealand Navy, […]
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January 19, 2016
HMS Leander was built in His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport, England, being the name ship for a class of light cruisers. Leander was laid down on 8 September 1930, launched on 24 September 1931 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 23 March 1933. The ship was acquired by New Zealand, on loan; along with a […]
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Calliope Dock »

January 18, 2016
The dry dock, along with the pump house, are two of the oldest and most significant maritime related structures in New Zealand. Its construction was one of the largest and most difficult engineering works undertaken in New Zealand during the 19th century. In May 1881 the Auckland Harbour Board (AHB) voted in favour of Devonport. […]
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Korea and the RNZN »

January 7, 2016
The Korean War was possibly the first link between the Royal New Zealand Navy and Korea. In June 1950 Stalin give Kim Ill Sung permission to invade the south counting the fact he did not think the UN would intervene. It was a miscalculation. Later on Stalin pushed China into entering the war so that […]
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Semaphore »

December 29, 2015
Semaphore was invented by Rev Lord George Murray on 1 January 1796. Semaphore is the telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by using visual signals with hand held flags, rods, disks, paddles and occasionally bare or gloved hands. Semaphores were adopted and widely used in the maritime world in the 19th century. The current […]
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The Loss of HMS Neptune »

December 18, 2015
ORBAT Force K: HMS Neptune ­– Leander-class cruiser [Mined 19/12/1941] HMS Aurora ­- cruiser [Paid off 1948] HMS Penelope – cruiser [Sunk 18/2/1944] ­HMS Kandahar – K-class destroyer [Sunk by torpedo from HMS Jaguar 20/12/1941] HMS Lance – L-class destroyer [Sunk 9/4/1942] HMS Lively – L-class destroyer [Sunk 11/5/1942] HMS Havock – H-class destroyer [Wrecked […]
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Tudor Collins in the Pacific Islands »

December 3, 2013
Tudor Collins did several tours of the Pacific Islands on RNZN ships and the first images to come out are from trips on HMNZS Arbutus and HMNZS Bellona. HMNZS Arbutus was a Corvette commissioned into the RNZN in late 1944 for WW2 service in the Pacific, after which she did a couple of, “showing the […]
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