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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

  Reserve Division of the Year:  is awarded to the unit that has shown the best all round performance over the year. All reserve units are eligible for this award which is based on administrative performance, operational readiness and contribution to NZDF outputsl........

  OLPHERT CHANGE OF COMMAND:  OLPHERT recently held a Change of Command ceremony at HMNZS OLPHERT, Petone, Wellington. Lieutenant Commander Richard Davies, RNZN relinquished command to Lieutenant Commander Kerry Moloney, RNZNVR at a ceremony presided over by the Acting Deputy Chief of Navy, Captain Maxine Lawes RNZN. ........


Naval Reserve Units.

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