As part of the Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations, NZ Post is launching a set of stamps to showcase our Navy’s history and contribution to New Zealand and overseas.

The stamps and their first day cover envelopes were unveiled at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Devonport on October 5.

The six gummed stamps each represent a different aspect of the Navy’s history or role today through a mixture of historical and modern contexts. The design features a brass scuttle that was recovered from the wreck of HMNZS MOA, on display at the Navy Museum. The scuttle frames the images on the stamps, which have been coated with spot UV, to replicate the effect of looking through glass.

$1.00 The Loss of HMS NEPTUNE
This stamp features brothers Bruce and William Anderson, Kohimarama, lost along with 150 New Zealand sailors on HMS NEPTUNE on December 19, 1941. It is our Navy’s greatest ever loss of life.

$1.00 Conflict in Korea
Frigate HMNZS PUKAKI is displayed on this stamp, one of six RNZN frigates deployed to the UN naval forces operating off Korea, between 1950 and 1954.

$1.80 Women at Sea
Former midshipman Julie Wenham holds a sextant during a navigational exercise. MID Wenham served between 1991 to 1993, and is an outcome of women first serving on seagoing ships 30 years ago this year.

$2.20 Supporting the United Nations (pictured)
HMNZS TE MANA, with a Seasprite in the background, represents our Navy’s commitment to supporting the United Nations in peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations, including counter-terrorism and anti-piracy.

$2.70 Disaster relief in Christchurch
Former Chief Petty Officer Dave Auton, Royal New Zealand Navy Reserves, is shown helping clear debris. When the February 2011 earthquake struck, HMNZS CANTERBURY, OTAGO and PUKAKI immediately rendered assistance, providing emergency food, shelter, and personnel on the ground.

$3.30 The Navy Family
Commander Simon Griffiths, CO of HMNZS TE MANA, greets his family at Devonport. The families who remain home form an important part of the Navy’s whanau. Without their support, the Navy would not be able to achieve its goals.