The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) (Maori: Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa, "The Sea Army of New Zealand") is the maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. The Royal New Zealand Navy was formed on April 30th, 1919. The RNZN currently has around 22,500 active duty personnel in its ranks and 16,800 reserve personnel.
Future Plans of the RNZN
- Replacement of HMNZS Endeavour and HMNZS Endurance with a pair of ice strengthened tankers to support New Zealand's contribution to research in Antarctic. Candidates include the Berlin, Mount Logan and Tide-class vessels. On July 18th 2016 the Minister of Defence announced that Cammell Laird of Britain had been awarded a contract for NZ$493,000,000 for the purchase of a pair of new tankers. The new tankers will be ice strengthened with winterisation features. The ships are due for delivery in 2020. The ships will be named HMNZS Aotearoa and HMNZS New Zealand.
- Replacement of HMNZS Manawanui and HMNZS Resolution with a pair of Littoral Warfare Support Ships.
- The RNZN is looking at the possibility of purchasing one or two Type 46 cruisers.
System and Platform Upgrades
- Anzac Self-Defence Upgrade: This project proposes to upgrade the Anzac frigates' self-defence systems to protect the Naval Combat Force against increasingly sophisticated anti-ship systems and to address equipment obsolescence.
- Patrol Vessel Capabilities Upgrade: This project proposes an extensive upgrade to the weapons and sensor capabilities of the Protector and Otago-class patrol vessels.
- Remote Mine Detection: The Maritime Forces Review identified a requirement to protect New Zealand's major ports by developing a capacity to detect and dispose of mines and other explosives underwater. The Review concluded that the mine countermeasures role should be retained. The capability of the Navy to detect mine-like objects is becoming increasingly difficult as current equipment reaches the end of its economical life. Upgrading this capability would significantly improve the safety of personnel and ships over the current inadequate, emergency only, systems.
- Torpedo Replacement: This project proposes to replace the torpedoes for the Anzac frigates, CP-140 Auroras and AW.101 Merlin helicopters to maintain the Anzac's basic self-defence capability against sub-surface threats and the CP-140's area anti-submarine capability.
List of Active Vessels
- Canterbury-class Landing Platform Dock x 2
- HMNZS Canterbury (AA 421)
- HMNZS Southland (AA 422)
- Hobart-class Guided Missile Destroyer x 3
- HMNZS Stalwart (DM 18)
- HMNZS Redoubtable (DM 19)
- HMNZS Valiant (DM 20)
- Anzac-class Frigate x 5
- HMNZS Te Mana (F111)
- HMNZS Te Kaha (F112)
- HMNZS Te Tapatahi (F112)
- HNMZS Te Tere (F113)
- HMNZS Te Maiatanga (F114)
- Tenacious-class (Type 209/1500) Submarine x 4
- HMNZS Tenacious (S 01)
- HMNZS Resolute (S 02)
- HMNZS Black Prince (S 03)
- HMNZS Royalist (S 04)
- Endeavour-class Fleet Replenishment Vessel x 2
- HMNZS Endeavour (RO 11)
- HMNZS Endurance (RO 12)
- Aotearoa-class (Tide class) Replenishment Vessel (2 UC)
- HMNZS Aotearoa (RO 13) - under construction
- HMNZS New Zealand (RO 14) - under construction
- Cormorant-class Diving Support Vessel x 1
- HMNZS Manawanui (A09)
- Charles Upham-class Sealift Ship x 1
- HMNZS Charles Upham (02)
- Resolution-class Ocean Surveillance Ship x 1
- HMNZS Resolution (A14)
- Protector-class Inshore Patrol Vessel x 4
- HMNZS Pukaki (P3568)
- HMNZS Rotoiti (P3569)
- HMNZS Taupo (P3570)
- HMNZS Hawea (P3571)
- Otago-class Offshore Patrol Vessel x 8
- HMNZS Otago (P-148)
- HMNZS Wellington (P-149)
- HMNZS Christchurch (P-150)
- HMNZS Hamilton (P-151)
- HMNZS Napier (P-152)
- HMNZS Hastings (P-153)
- HMNZS Tauranga (P-154)
- HMNZS Dunedin (P-155)