Morse Question 012 – Additional Information

This one may challenge a few.  Click Play to Listen

  1. Change the callsigns and address groups in the following message to plain language. ii P ii 120400z SEP 55 ii FM ZMSF ii TO BGDJ INFO EUIQ = Sailed Wellington. ZMXC and ZMXG in company = k

A. P 120400Z SEP 55 FM HMNZS Bellona TO Comauck INFO NZDEF Navy = Sailed Wellington. Taupo and Kaniere in company = K

Bit of History – as a result of the above question.

The New Zealand Naval Board was constituted by Order in Council of 14 March 1921, with the Minister of Defence as chairman, the Commodore as First Naval Member, and the Chief Staff Officer as Second Naval Member. The secretary to the commodore acted as Naval Secretary to the Board. In 1926 he was appointed permanent head of Navy Office, but was not then a member of the Board. The secretariat at first was not organised on departmental lines but was drawn from the staff of the Department of Internal Affairs. Control of expenditure was exercised by the appointment to Navy Office of an officer directly responsible to the Treasury.
It was found difficult to administer the naval forces effectively while the first naval member of the board had also to carry out his duties as commanding officer of a cruiser. An effort to remedy this was made in 1936 by the appointment of a flag captain to the commodore in order to free the latter to attend meetings of the Naval Board. In 1938 the administration was reorganised and Navy Office was constituted a Department of State – NO Wellington was taken over by NZNB in 1954. The Naval Board now consisted of the Minister of Defence as chairman, a Commodore, Second Class, as First Naval Member and Chief of Naval Staff, a Captain RN as Second Naval Member, and a Paymaster Commander RN as member and Naval Secretary.

The NZNB changed to NZDEF Navy in 1971.

The Commodore Auckland was originally Naval Officer In Charge Auckland changing to Commodore Auckland 1 January 1961.

Ships’ prefixes in signals:

1968 – the first use of HMNZS in signal traffic. HMNZS Endeavour whilst en passage and return from San Francisco, used the broadcast and ship/shore facilities at Esquimalt (CKN). There was also a Canadian navy ship called CNAV Endeavour (a research and projects ship). These two ships names caused some confusion and CANMARPAC requested that the prefixes HMNZS and CNAV be used for all signal traffic by Canadian and New Zealand addresses including traffic originated from the two ships.

Ships prefixes became the norm by all allied navies sometime in the 70’s (exact year not known).

Routeing Indicators on CW and RATT ship/shore:

Exact date not known but also introduced by all allied navies either mid to late 70’s or early 80’s. As ships started to work more and more with US Naval Units and Communications Stations, it became the norm to put RI’s in to the address component of signals. Otago 1976 springs to mind working into NCS San Miguel and USS Enterprise.

1968 – Whilst on hand message organisation at Treasure Island, San Francisco and later at Naval Weapon Station Alameda, Endeavour also supplied routeing indicators on messages for the convenience of the Communications Stations ashore and again in Pearl Harbor a few weeks later.

This entry was posted in General Updates. Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to Morse Question 012 – Additional Information

  1. John Bullock says:

    ZMSF – Bellona
    ZMXC – Taupo
    ZMXG – Kaniere

  2. Butts says:

    P 120400z Sep 55

    FM Bellona
    To Comauck (Calculated Guess)
    Info NZDEF Wellington (Calculated Guess)


    Sailed Wellington. Taupo and Kaniere in company


    BGDJ is allocated to one of the P3 Orions NZ4204 but I doubt it would be that in the year 1955. BGDJ and EUIQ do ring a bell and the logical addressees are are what I have entered.

  3. Tony Locke says:

    zmsf — Bellona
    zmxc — Taupo
    zmxg — Kaniere
    Bgdj — Comauck
    euiq — NZNB

  4. Pete says:


  5. Bob Paul says:

    p 120400z sep 55
    fm Hmnzs bellona
    to comauck
    info nzdef navy
    sailed wellington . Hmnzs taupo and Hmnzs kaniere in company

  6. Jim D says:

    I made a faux pas with EUIQ – forgot that the NZ Naval Board ceased to exist in 1971 when NZDEF Navy came into being. I therefore judge that Tony and Pete had the correct answers!

  7. Dave Wistrand says:

    I can never remember HMNZS being put in front of any ships names in a signal

  8. Jim D says:

    Dave, you were out of the branch by then. HMNZS came in the 70’s. The question was put up purely as entertainment to keep those of you who are unable to amuse yourselves. I welcome any questions to be put up.

    • Jim D says:

      …any more crap like this and there won’t be any more morse questions!

      • Jim D says:

        Further to the above – routeing indicators also had to be transmitted by CW before every action and info addresse. EG To RZYWGG/Comauck Info RZYWCFC/HMNZS Canterbury – note example only…

  9. Jim D says:

    ..or was that RZYWFCF…

  10. Dave Wistrand says:

    Was just saying

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s