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In the Battle of the Atlantic, one of the most important campaigns of the Second World War, 24 May 1943 was a crucial date. Thousands of New Zealanders took part in this long and bitter struggle.
A game of tug of war on the HMNZS Leander in the Indian Ocean.
HMNZS Kiwi's crew marching through the streets of Auckland.
In this film Frank Zalot Jnr remembers the terrrible tragedy that saw 10 of his US Navy ship-mates killed off Paekakariki in June 1943
Ten United States Navy personnel were drowned off the Paekākāriki coast near Wellington during a beach landing exercise.
Memorial a the Second World War US Navy tragedy at Paekakariki
HMNZS Te Kaha entering Wellington Harbour
The HMNZS Otago, a Rothesay class anti submarine frigate
The Leander-class HMNZS Waikato joined the RNZN in 1966
HMNZS Black Prince entering Grand Harbour, Malta in 1953.
HMNZS Pukaki, one of six ex-Royal Navy Loch class anti-submarine frigates to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
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 post-war fleet
On 1 October 1941 an order-in-council changed the name of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy to Royal New Zealand Navy.
The First World War experience convinced Allen that New Zealand’s approach to naval defence had been on the right lines.
Establishing NZ's naval forcesWhen 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 to follow the Australian lead by beginning the development of its own navy. To this end, he secured passage of legislation – the Naval Defence Act – establishing the New Zealand naval forces in December 1913.In London he persuaded a reluctant British government to provide a cruiser as a training ship – as the starting point in creating a local New Zealand navy.
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 modern RNZN dates from 1887.
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.
HMAS Australia berthed at King's Wharf in Wellington, 1933.
The Leander was hit just abaft the ‘A’ boiler room. Four hundred and ninety kilograms of high explosive killed everyone in that boiler room and the blast, venting up through the boiler room duct, also blew eight men from the No.1 102 mm mount over the side, where any survivors drowned.
After some early successes, the Leander's war came to an end when she was hit by a long-range Japanese torpedo