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Badge competition for the Navy's newest ship, HMNZS AOTEAROA

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 - 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.



Exercise Southern Katipo 2017
9 Oct - 18 November

Ex Southern Katipo 2017 Facts & Figures

Exercise Southern Katipo is New Zealand’s largest military exercise, held every two years in varying parts of New Zealand. More than 2000 military personnel will participate in the upper South Island regions over the month of October and November 2017.

The exercise will use both public roads and private land and will cover all areas within the Greymouth, Reefton, Westport, Buller Marlborough and Kaikoura regions.

Soldiers with weapons and military vehicles will be operating in these areas at all times. Blank firing activities and use of pyrotechnics will also be conducted throughout with a focus on Joint operational field training.

The Royal New Zealand Navy will be operating throughout the Marlborough Sounds at all times throughout the exercise.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will be operating fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and undertaking aerial drops from Hercules aircraft at times throughout the exercise.

For more information visit Ex Southern Katipo 2017.
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