SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s

I had a meeting with the Navy Museum this morning and they are doing some preparation work for an exhibition celebrating the Navy’s 75th Birthday later this year.  As a precursor they would like to identify significant events which occurred in the following decades,  The 60’s, 70’s, 80s and 90’s.  Events could be the Changing of the New Zealand White Ensign, ships going to Mururoa Protests, The last morse transmission or the like.  They are not necessarily communications orientated.  So come on leave a comment to this post and I will collate your responses.  Thanks  Frank

1960’s  

  • RNZN Medical and Dental personnel serve in Vietnam
  • New Zealand sent HMNZ Ships as part of its commitment to the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR)
  • HMNZS OTAGO collided with USS WALKER in Pearl Harbour
  • HMNZS ROYALIST got condeseritis on the way home to pay off and decommission.
  • Changing of the New Zealand White Ensign
  • Introduction of Khaki Uniforms for Officers and Senior Ratings
  • Trickle Entry or Recruits into HMNZS TAMAKI introduced
  • Native Leave introduced
  • Indonesian Confrontation
  • Operation Deepfreeze – Antarctic supply (Endeavour II) and weather pickets (USN Relief – Rotoiti and Pukaki. Emergency pickets – Otago and Taranaki).
  • 1964/5 Otago weather station ship at 60 south for mid winter evacuation from McMurdo Sound – first such evacuation I believe.
  • 1968 HMNZS Haku makes FFV arrest in Bay of Plenty think this may have been the first one – ended up in Tauranga Court.
  • Tuesday 13 Feb 1962. 130001Z HMNZS OTAGO from ACNB..Commence Hostilities against CUBA and its Communist Satellites in 24 hours, at 140001Z – Otago went on to War footing, Radio and Radar Silence. All Books, Codes, Signals etc destroyed in accordance with SP 02619. – OTAGO, “stood down” …. Revert to previous orders…. 16 hours later.when Russian Ships carrying Nuclear Missiles to Cuba Turned Back.

1970’s  

  • Endeavour makes her last trip down to Antarctica
  • HMNZS WAIKATO had an Engine Room fire causing major damage
  • NZ contributes to ANZUK Forces
  • NZ sends HMNZS Ships Otago & Canterbury to the Mururoa Protests
  • Khaki Uniform for Officers and Senior Rates were withdrawn from Service
  • HMNZS OTAGO arrested FFV in Golden Bay and court case in Wellington.
  • NEWZFORSEA takes over from ANZUK
  • Three RNZN Ensigns serve in Vietnam whilst on USN/RNZN Junior Officer Exchange.
  • Last RNZN Junior Officers attend Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK.
  • Training Division of PH commissioned as HMNZS TASMAN and NTG established.
  • RNZN Museum established
  • Spithead Review 1977
  • 1977 WRNZNS disbanded

1980’s

  • Second Generation Defence Communications Network is established throughout NZ
  • The 5th floor of the Cruiser Block was added.
  • Operation Armilla Patrols (Indian Ocean)
  • Nuclear Ship Debate
  • First RNZN Ships visit China (Southland & Canterbury 1987)

1990’s

  • HMNZS IRIRANGI is decommissioned and equipment is remote keyed from NAVCOMMSTA Auckland
  • The issue of the daily Tot of Navy Rum was discontinued
  • Urinalysis Introduced
  • The Auckland Liberty Boat Service was terminated
  • ANZAC Ships debate
  • Charles Upham purchased
  • Senior Rates Uniforms move from 6 Buttons to 8 Buttons

 

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18 Responses to SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s

  1. Jim Dell says:

    1960s – Indonesian Confrontation.
    1980s – Operation Armilla

  2. Jim Dell says:

    1960s – Operation Deepfreeze

  3. John Bullock says:

    1964 I think it was, HMNZS Otago F111 collided and damaged USS Walker while secured alongside Pearl Harbor.

  4. Ian Jacques says:

    Last trip down the Ice by the Big E 1971

  5. Jim D says:

    1970s Waikatos engine room catches fire in October 1970 causing major damage.

  6. Chook says:

    1960’s Royalist got condeseritis on the way home to pay off and decommission….

  7. Red Matthews says:

    What about the small matter of the commitment to the FESR,over several decades !

  8. Dave Wistrand says:

    1964/5 Otago weather station ship at 60 south for mid winter evacuation from McMurdo Sound – first such evacuation I believe.
    1968 HMNZS Haku makes FFV arrest in Bay of Plenty think this may have been the first one – ended up in Tauranga Court later on in 1976ish Otago arrested one in Golden Bay and court case in Wellington – had to give evidence.

    • John Bullock says:

      My time on the Black Boats, we never arrested anyone for anything. The commercial fishermen were a great bunch, especially during the oyster season down in Fouveaux Strait when they saw you coming, suddenly a sack of oysters and fish came your way! Is that bribery or corruption or enhancing communications?

    • John Bullock says:

      My time on the old Rotoiti F625 @ 60 South, asbestos and all, the Comms Divisional Officer was the Navigator, a RN officer on exchange. There was only one Bunting Tosser onboard, the Yeoman. This DO had us Sparkers polishing the brass Port and Starboard Bridge navigation lights in all weather conditions! I do not think that would happen in today’s Navy! All that for a shilling sea-going allowance … wow!

  9. gunther says:

    jeez bollocks, ive just tripped over me bleedin heart

  10. I think we have digressed

  11. Gerry Purcell says:

    Also:
    60’s – RNZN Medical and Dental personnel serve in Vietnam
    70’s – NEWZFORSEA takes over from ANZUK
    – Three Ensigns serve in Vietnam whilst on USN/RNZN Junior Officer Exchange.
    – Last RNZN Junior Officers attend Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK.
    – Training Division of PH commissioned as HMNZS TASMAN and NTG established.
    – RNZN Museum established.

  12. Alan Peck says:

    1970s
    Spithead Review 1977

    1980s
    Nuclear ships debate
    First ship visit to China (Southland and Canterbury 1987)

    1990s
    ANZAC Ship debate
    Charles Upham
    Senior Ratings 8 button jacket?

    Not sure of the year, but when did the WRNZNS disappear?

  13. Jim Blackburn says:

    Tuesday 13 Feb 1962. 130001Z
    HMNZS OTAGo from ACNB..Commence Hostilities against CUBA and its Communist Satellites
    in 24 hours, at 140001Z
    Otago went on to War footing, Radio and Radar Silence. All Books, Codes, Signals etc destroyed in accordance with SP 02619

    OTAGO, “stood down” …. Revert to previous orders…. 16 hours later.when Russian Ships
    carrying Nuclear Missiles to Cuba Turned Back.

  14. Casper says:

    And of course that Otago incident was something totally ignored by the medallic recognition committee when submissions were made, Jim. As history has taught us the best way for the Navy to deal with contentious issues is to appoint a group of high ranking personnel to ignore them. I can’t imagine a situation more warlike than going on a “war footing” and destroying the books. I wonder how the signal was lost? It’s probably in the same place as Royalist’s Log Book for 59.

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