RNZN celebrates 30 years of women at sea

By Online News - Rereātea

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has partnered with Westpac NZ to present the exhibition 30 Years of Women at Sea: Honouring the Journey, as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition, being held at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport, takes visitors on a journey through the thoughts and experiences of the women who have been a part of the RNZN.

In 1986, women of the RNZN made history when they joined a sea-going ship as full members of the ship's company. They continue to play a key role in today's Navy.

Captain Corina Bruce, Programme Director says, “The Navy needs the talents of all New Zealanders and could not fulfil its duty to New Zealand without naval women.

And while the number of women in the Navy is growing, we would like to see more of them now and in the future."

She continues saying, "This museum exhibition gives the Navy the chance to celebrate the journey of women going to sea for the pilot study in 1986 and subsequent seagoing experiences over the past 30 years. It provides a picture of how far we have come from being the first of the New Zealand Defence Force services to allow women into combat roles, to now celebrating three decades of being an equal opportunity employer.” 

Each stage of the journey is documented through personal experiences depicted in photographs and stories. 

The exhibition will run for six weeks and is open to the public.