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
TE KAHA's five month deployment is drawing to a close and she will arrive home soon. By the time Te Kaha gets home she would of sailed more than 32,500 nautical miles (60,284 km). During her deployment she would of visited more that 10 countries, participated in three major exercises (Australia, Singapore and Japan) including support to US Seventh Fleet carrier strike group. Te kaha and her crew of 159 personnel will receive a ceremonial welcome at Devonport Naval Base.