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Naval Reserve

The Naval Reserve Mission is:

“To contribute to the Navy mission by providing competent Reserve personnel Fit for Service”.

The Naval Volunteer Reserve are the part time people. The seagoing equivalent of the Army Territorials, Reservists are typically people with regular jobs (although many are also tertiary students or full time parents) who get paid for the spare time they spend as a member of the Naval Reserve.

They crew ships of the Naval Patrol and support forces supporting the Regular Force at sea, with small ship engineering maintenance and shore duties in the Naval Base at Devonport, at Headquarters NZ Defence Force providing specialist advice using their civilian skillsets and overseas on exercises and peacekeeping missions. There are around 300 people in the Naval Reserve.

Recruiting Information:

Up to date Recruiting Information is now available from the Defence Careers website. 


Recent Activities

 OLPHERT Range Weekend: As a key part of Naval Reserve mission to contribute to the Navy by providing competent Reserve personnel fit for service, Members of Wellington Naval Reserve HQ  HMNZS OLPHERT were joined by other Navy personnel........

 OLPHERT Change of Command:  HMNZS OLPHERT recently held a Change of Command ceremony at Defence House, Wellington. Lieutenant Commander Ian Wells, VRD RNZN relinquished command to Lieutenant Commander Richard Davies RNZN at a ceremony presided over by the Chief of Navy........


Naval Reserve Units.

NGAPONA crest OLPHERT crest PEGASUS crest TOROA crest

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