NZ meets US

Here is a link of the Readout from the Secretary of Defense Office, Mark T Esper and our Minister of Defence, Ron Mark.  Click HERE.

Here is the Minister of Defence press release on the visit dated 25 January 2020.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said.

“The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share in the Indo-Pacific region. This was also a chance to discuss more recent global security events in the Middle East.”

Besides meeting with Secretary Esper, Minister Mark visited the United Nations Headquarters, New York on Thursday, where he had meetings with Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

“These meetings allowed for discussions on United Nations policy and activities in the Indo-Pacific, as well as how New Zealand can make meaningful contributions in the contemporary peacekeeping environment,” Ron Mark said.

While in Washington, the Minister also met with the Secretary for Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger, and participated in a roundtable at the Center for Climate and Security.

The Minister will next travel to Honolulu for his first visit to the United States Indo-Pacific Command. While there, Minister Mark will meet with Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander Indo-Pacific Command, to discuss the New Zealand-US defence relationship and Indo-Pacific regional security issues.


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Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada

The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.

 While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.

“New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on many issues. There are clear areas of alignment between our respective governments, and commonality across security, defence, and multilateral interests”, Mr Mark said.

The Minister will also take the opportunity to visit the Victoria Shipyard, where the HMNZS Te Mana and HMNZS Te Kaha are currently undergoing an upgrade. Following this, meetings in Ottawa will allow for discussions on Defence capabilities, and to discuss more broadly the Canadian Armed Forces and our shared global deployment footprints.

Beyond Defence matters, the Minister will also meet with his Canadian Veterans counterpart, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Honourable Lawrence MacAulay.

“Given the work being done here in New Zealand by the Veteran’s Advisory Board, this is a timely opportunity to meet with Mr MacAulay. I look forward to hearing about the work he is leading on, which includes improving transparency and communications to veterans and their families,” Mr Mark said.

Following Canada, the Minister will be travelling to the United States, with stops in New York (United Nations), Washington and Honolulu (Indo-Pacific Command). This will include a meeting in Washington with United States Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper.

“I look forward to meeting with my US counterpart and discussing, amongst other things, our shared interests in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as defence capability,” said the Minister.

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The Ships Company of one of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest assets, NUSHIP Supply (II), gather in the gymnasium of HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney to receive their ship ball cap and patches.

The crew of NUSHIP Supply has donned ship’s caps and badges for the first time as they gathered to hear their Commanding Officer’s vision for the ship and its tasks ahead.

Supply is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy and will enter service later this year.

Captain Ben Hissink said it was a privilege to form the Navy’s newest ship’s company.

“It is truly inspirational to be surrounded by such a motivated team who share the same passion to commission a new capability,” Captain Hissink said.

“My vision for NUSHIP Supply is for every member of the ship’s company to wake up each morning inspired, to work in a trusted team and go home fulfilled at the end of each day.

“This will truly enable Supply to provide combat support via underway replenishment/transfer to Naval units operating away from shore infrastructure so that together we can Fight and Win at Sea,” Captain Hissink said.

As Supply hats and patches were distributed, the ship’s company shared their enthusiasm over the unique experience of commissioning a ship into the Royal Australian Navy.

Able Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Dominique Nardone said Supply would be her second sea posting.

“After a long and anticipated wait, it was fantastic to finally meet the crew I will be working with.

“I’m looking forward to the commissioning of NUSHIP Supply.

“It’s going to be such a unique experience, especially after being part of the Decommissioning Crew of HMAS Success,” Able Seaman Nardone said.

As the youngest member of the ship’s company, Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Cassie Crowe was the first member to be awarded her cap and patch, and also presented Captain Hissink with his.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity and is just the prelude to an exciting future,” Seaman Crowe said.

“I’m elated to share such an experience with a tremendous crew, and I look forward to the foundation of knowledge, memories and friendships to come.”

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Grant Watson said the gathering “felt like the beginning of a legacy.”

“The day was a historic look at where we came from, through to where we are heading and it seemed a fitting welcome for what is a new capability and direction for the Navy,” Leading Seaman Watson said.

Over the coming months, the ship’s company will undertake extensive training to prepare for Supply’s arrival in Australia.

The new ship will carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed forces operating away from their home ports for long periods.

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Unofficial Get Together – 15 Mar 2020

Des Sanson is ramping up to arrange another unofficial Get Together 1100 on 15th March 2020 at the Palmerston North Navalmens Club located on the cnr Willis and Domain Streets.  So, this is your chance if you are from any branch and served in the Andrew get yourself along to Palmerston North.  Des needs to have numbers so please email him with your name and numbers attending.  Email

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This is to advise that Warrant Officer Radio Instructor Carl James Niel EDWARDS of Michigan, USA K15304 crossed the bar.

Carl James Niel Edwards, 81 years of age of Livonia, Michigan passed away 16 December 2019 after a several years’ fight with a rare Parkinsonism disorder.
He was born on 16 December 1938 in Napier, New Zealand to Coral Isobel McInnes Edwards Robson and James Edwards. He attended Napier Boys’ High School. He married Nancy Lee Kendall on 24 June 1988 in Livonia, Michigan.

Between 1955 and 1974 Carl served in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Through intensive effort, he achieved early promotions and was Communications Officer for HMNZS Waikato, planning ship’s communication systems in Belfast Ireland, where it was built and commissioned in 1966. His last naval rank was Warrant Officer, Radio Instructor. When asked to become a senior rate officer he turned it down several times sure in the belief he would have more influence to achieve his goals at the appointed warrant level. With that standing, he helped and guided many along their career paths.


His second career was in the automotive industry where he managed assembly plants in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. for Nissan Datsun, American Motors Jeep and Chrysler Corporation. In 1989 he joined Chrysler= as Operations Director for Arab American Vehicles in Cairo, Egypt where he and Nancy lived until 1996. Carl helped to restructure that facility to obtain a non-military commercial/recreational market for the Jeep Cherokee in the Middle East. He also liaisoned with companies in Israel and Turkey. He retired in 2001.

In earlier days he achieved medals in swimming and shooting competitions. Cars were his hobby, and he was a member of the Auckland Car Club. In later years he worked to keep a beautiful valley property at home. He enjoyed the company of his family and friends and his special pets, Ned and Katya and later Ellie who made sure to watch over him.

He is survived by his loving Nancy; and from a previous marriage, his devoted daughter Donna Tapp and also daughter Gaylene and son Maurice. He is predeceased by loving parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.

A memorial is being planned in the spring of 2020. Memorial donations may
be made to:


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Post 1974 Service Health & Welfare Seminar

A post-1974 Service, Health and Welfare Seminar hosted by Veterans Affairs will be held on 29th February 2020 at the AUT South Campus located at 640 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland.  The seminar will commence at 0900 and complete 1300.  Further details will be published when known.

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New MOD veterans ID card rolled out to service leavers

A new ID card for all British armed forces veterans has started to be issued by the Ministry of Defence in a bid to help service leavers access specialist support and services.

MOD Veterans ID Card

What is the veterans’ ID card and who will receive one?
From today (8 January 2020), a new veterans ID card will be given to service leavers to mark their time in the armed forces.

According to the MOD, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces. All other veterans who left the armed forces before December 2018 will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of 2020.

What are the benefits of a veterans ID card?
The new ID card allows veterans in the UK to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed. Veterans UK – which manages pensions and compensation payments for the armed forces – will also benefit from the change.

The new ID cards will ensure the process of validating service is as straightforward as possible, so that ex-forces personnel can access support for issues related to their service quickly.

Former Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the ex-forces community, and we are working hard to ensure they receive the support they deserve. These new cards celebrate the great commitment and dedication of those who have served this country, and I hope they can provide a further link to ex-personnel and the incredible community around them.”

What else is available to service leavers?
The new veterans’ ID card is one of three currently available to service leavers. Personnel leaving the military are also able to keep their military IDs, known as the MOD Form 90, allowing them to maintain a connection with their service. Additionally, veterans can access a range of discounts through the Defence Discount Service, the official MOD-endorsed service for the armed forces.

Any veteran in need of support can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway, a 24-hour service which signposts ex-forces personnel to the support available to them, including housing and financial advice, career guidance, and medical care from the NHS.

The Veterans Gateway.  Click HERE

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