People wearing naval uniform in public stand out easily. With the large number of combinations and different sets of uniform it is not as easy to understand the reasons behind why our people are wearing what they wear so well.
Officers are basically the overall leadership and management of the Navy, joining the Navy as an Officer in a selected trades such as marine engineering or occasionally specialist trades such as doctors. They become responsible for the management, development and coordination of the areas that they are assigned to. Officers in most instances lead projects to improve the capabilities and design plans of the way forward, which are reported to higher commanding Officers.
Officers range in ranking from joining as a Midshipman to the Chief of Navy (CN) who holds the rank of Rear Admiral. Whenever the position of the Chief of the Defence Force is held by a Naval Officer, this Officer is promoted to a Vice Admiral.
SENIOR RATES UNIFORM
Senior Ratings are people who have joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Junior Rating and been promoted higher than the rank of a Leading Hand. Alternatively they may have transferred across from another Service or Navy and hold the rank of a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer or Warrant Officer.
JUNIOR RATES UNIFORM
Junior Rates are people who have joined the Navy as Ratings and are ranked as an Ordinary Rate, Able Rate or Leading Hand. These sailors wear a variety of uniforms depending on the work that they are doing or events and ceremonies that they are involved with.