Welcome to the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Birthday celebrations

Throughout 2016 we’ll be celebrating and commemorating the service,
commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who have proudly served with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

We’ll be running a series of events which will include ship visits, seminars and of course the International Naval Review in Auckland Harbour between 17 and 22 November.

The Royal New Zealand Navy gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors who have helped bring this celebration together, and in particular the support of our presenting partner Westpac.

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

On 1 October 1941, His Majesty King George VI approved the designation “Royal New Zealand Navy” for the regular element of the New Zealand Naval Forces (with Reserve and Volunteer Reserve elements appropriately titled.)

2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of our Navy.
This occasion will be celebrated with a programme of commemorative events and activities – collectively named Operation NEPTUNE.

read more here…


How you can get involved

Over 17 November Naval ships from all over the world will arrive in Auckland to celebrate this significant milestone. The highlight event will be the International Naval Review conducted by Her Excellency the Governor General of New Zealand.

Fleet Entry, 17 November, Auckland Harbour

Fleet Entry

17 November, 5.00am-2.00pm
Auckland Harbour
Formation entry. Details on viewing points will be available closer to the time.

International Street March, 18 November, Queen Street, Auckland

International Street March

18 November, 11.30am-12.15pm
Queen Street, Auckland
The ‘1,000 Sailor’ street march

International Naval Review, 19 November, Auckland Harbour

International Naval Review

19 November, 12.30-2.30pm
Auckland Harbour

Ships Open to Visitors Day, 20 November, Auckland Waterfront

Ships Open to Visitors Day

20 November, 10.00am-4.00pm
Auckland Waterfront
Information on which ships will be open will be available closer to the time.

Divine service, 20 November, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

Divine service

20 November, 2.00pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

Fleet departure, 22 November, onwards Auckland Harbour

Fleet departure

22 November, 10.00am onwards
Auckland Harbour

International Naval Review Exhibition, 18-20 November, The Cloud

International Naval Review Exhibition

18-20 November, 10.00am-4.00pm
The Cloud, Auckland

Navy Players Theatre Tour

Navy Players Theatre Tour

27 October – 21 November
Various venues

View dates and venues here

Attending Countries

  • Australia

  • Brunei

  • Canada

  • Cook Islands

  • Chile

  • China

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Germany

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Japan

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Samoa

  • Sinapore

  • Republic of Korea

  • Thailand

  • Tonga

  • Timor-Leste

  • UK

  • USA

  • Vietnam

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Our Partners

Thank you to the following organisations for their support of our 75th Anniversary.

Presenting Partner

Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

The Navy Club