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Korean War

New Zealand was involved militarily in Korea from 1950 to 1957, first as part of the United Nations 'police action' to repel North Korea's invasion of its southern neighbour, and then in a garrison role after the armistice in July 1953. Read the full article

Page 3 - The 'first' and 'second' Korean Wars

New Zealand was one of the first states to answer the Security Council's call for combat assistance (16 would eventually do so). The government offered two frigates on 29 June

Battle of the River Plate

When HMS Achilles opened fire on the German 'pocket battleship' Admiral Graf Spee on 13 December 1939, it became the first New Zealand unit to engage the enemy in the Second World War. More than 80 years later, the Battle of the River Plate still holds a special place in this country’s naval history. Read the full article

Page 1 - Battle of the River Plate

When HMS Achilles opened fire on the German 'pocket battleship' Admiral Graf Spee on 13 December 1939, it became the first New Zealand unit to engage the enemy in the Second World

Page 2 - New Zealand's naval forces

New Zealand’s naval forces and strategy before the outbreak of the Second World

Page 3 - The outbreak of war

The outbreak of the Second World War and New Zealand naval involvement in the Battle of the

Page 4 - Into the South Atlantic

HMS Achilles joins the Royal Navy's South America Division patrolling the South Atlantic in search of German

Page 5 - The battle

The British cruisers Achilles, Ajax and Exeter engage the German ‘pocket battleship’ Admiral Graf

Page 6 - After the battle

The aftermath of the battle and the return of HMS Achilles to New

Page 7 - Further information

Website links and books related to the Battle of the River

Flags of New Zealand

The New Zealand flag hasn't always been our official flag. It was adopted in 1902, replacing the Union Jack. Between 1834 and 1840, the flag of the United Tribes was recognised as our first 'national' flag. Waitangi Day 2010 saw the first official recognition of the national Māori flag. Read the full article

Page 5 - Other official flags

Six flags other than the New Zealand flag are flown for official purposes in New

HMNZS Leander

When the Royal New Zealand Navy came into being on 1 October 1941, its main combat units were two Leander-class cruisers: Achilles and Leander. Although its early war was quieter than the Achilles, the Leander was to see dramtic action in the Pacific War. Read the full article

Page 1 - HMNZS Leander

When the Royal New Zealand Navy came into being on 1 October 1941, its main combat units were two Leander-class cruisers: Achilles and Leander. Although its early war was quieter

Page 2 - Leander-class light cruisers

Facts and stats about Leander-class light

Page 3 - Leander goes to war

By mid-1940 Leander was escorting convoys in the Red Sea and Aden areas. In between escorting merchant ships, the cruiser further pummelled the Italian submarine Torricelli, which

Page 4 - Pacific attack

After some early successes, Leander’s war came to an end when it was hit by a long-range Japanese

Page 5 - Recovery and repair

Leander was hit just abaft the ‘A’ boiler room. Almost 500 kg of high explosive killed everyone in the boiler room. The blast, venting up through the boiler room duct, blew eight

Page 6 - Last days

Leander never fought under the New Zealand ensign again and was eventually scrapped in

Page 7 - Further information

Links and books relating the to the HMNZS

The Royal New Zealand Navy

Seventy years old in October 2011, the Royal New Zealand Navy is today an integral part of the New Zealand Defence Force. But its 1941 establishment was the result of a long process of naval development. Read the full article

Page 1 - The Royal New Zealand Navy

Seventy years old in October 2011, the Royal New Zealand Navy is today an integral part of the New Zealand Defence Force. But its 1941 establishment was the result of a long

Page 2 - Origins

Although some gunboats were acquired by the colonial government during the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s and torpedo boats for the coast defences in the 1880s, the genesis of the

Page 3 - First World War

When the Reform government took office in 1912, the way was opened for New Zealand to begin a new approach. The new minister of defence, James Allen, had long wanted New Zealand

Page 4 - NZ Division of the Royal Navy

The First World War experience convinced Allen that New Zealand’s approach to naval defence had been on the right lines.

Page 5 - Second World War

On 1 October 1941 an order-in-council changed the name of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy to Royal New Zealand

Page 6 - Post-war operations

Like all the services the RNZN faced difficulties of readjustment to peacetime conditions, not only in drastically reducing numbers but also in determining the shape of the

Page 7 - New directions

The RNZN’s independence as a service came to an end when the Ministry of Defence (created in July 1963) was reconstituted to incorporate all three armed services on 1 January

Page 8 - Further information

Links and books for further reading about the Royal New Zealand

HMS Philomel

New Zealand's first warship, HMS Philomel formed the core of the country's naval forces during the First World War. The aged and largely obsolete vessel was commissioned in New Zealand in July 1914, and went on to serve in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Middle East. Read the full article

Page 1 - NZ's first warship

New Zealand's first warship, HMS Philomel formed the core of the country's naval forces during the First World War. The aged and largely obsolete vessel was commissioned in New