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Operations & Exercises

Navy ships and people deploy throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond to contribute to regional security arrangements. Navy people also serve on non-maritime missions throughout the world peacekeeping in places like the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 

Navy ships are regularly deployed around the New Zealand coastline undertaking maritime security tasks, or tasks such as fishery patrols or supporting other Government agencies like the Department of Conservation.

 
RIMPAC ships

Maritime Operations

Are those activities that protect and advance New Zealand's security interests. Activities include Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), peacekeeping, search and rescue, coalition support and combat operations.

Defence is part of New Zealand's broader national security system, and works with other government agencies. New Zealand has seven overarching national security objectives:

  • Preserving sovereignty and territorial integrity;
  • Protecting lines of communication;
  • Strengthening international order to promote security;
  • Sustaining economic prosperity;
  • Maintaining democratic institutions and national values;
  • Ensuring public safety; and
  • Protecting the natural environment.

Operations are designed to bring government agencies together to respond to all risks whether regional or global. This ranges from the challenges associated with natural disasters, resource exploitation and pandemics, through to evolving threats related to terrorism and cyberspace.

Operations the Navy is part of in 2017:

  • Op CASTLE (Southern Ocean)
  • Op MAWSONI (Southern Ocean) 
  • Op ENDURANCE (Sub-Antarctic Islands)
  • Op ANTARCTICA (Scott Base)
  • Op HARVE (DoC resupply)
  • Op WASAWASA (Fiji)

Operations also cover border protection and surveillance of NZ's Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ in partnership with other agencies:

  • NZ Customs Service;
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Department of Conservation; and
  • Ministry for Primary Industries.

 

RIMPAC ships

Maritime Exercises

These are the core components of our Navy which enables real-life and real-time training in a variety of environments regionally and globally. Exercises enable the Defence Force and the Navy to be better prepared for operations in order to protect our national security.

Our participation in exercises (regional and global) provides a unique training opportunity that helps the Navy foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Training also provides the opportunity to work alongside our regional partners, share ideas and experiences and participate in a range of exercises that better prepare us for future contingencies in the South Pacific. It also helps maintain those working relationships with our allies and friends.

Roughly 70 percent of the world is water, 80 percent of the world’s population lives on or near a coast, and 90 percent of international commerce moves by sea. Having capable maritime forces help ensure stability and prosperity around the world, and helps participating nations develop these capabilities.

Exercises the Navy is participating in 2017: 

  • Ex FULCRUM (NZ)
  • Ex OCEAN EXPLORER (Australia)
  • Ex WAKA (NZ)
  • Ex BERSAMA SHIELD (South East Asia)
  • Ex PACIFIC GUARDIAN (Japan)
  • Ex JOINT WARRIOR (UK)
  • Ex SOUTHERN KATIPO (NZ)

Exercises also cover engagements with other navies and countries with established defence relationships most notably Australia, the United States & Asia Pacific nations.

New Zealand has an enduring interest in fostering strong international relationships - DWP 2016.

 

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