BOP woman loving navy life

Krystal Sims has been a Naval Reservist since 2016. Known as an Ordinary Maritime Trade Operator, or OMTO, Krystal was born in Tauranga and raised in the Coromandel.  She juggles post-graduate nursing study and her commitment to the Naval Reserves alongside her role as a nurse for the Waikato DHB.  You can read more of the story from SunLIve BOP here


The William Sanders VC Memorial Service will be held at 0800 on Sunday 15 August 2021, at Sanders Memorial, corner of Lake Rd and Sanders Ave, Takapuna.

Rig: 1 or suit and medals.

William Sanders remains the only New Zealander to receive our highest military decoration – the Victoria Cross – in a naval action. Born and raised in Takapuna, perhaps it’s no surprise that this legend was a reservist! In April 1917 Sanders was in command of HMS PRIZE when she took on the German submarine U-93. Following that battle Sanders was awarded the VC for his ‘conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness, and skill in command’. In August the same year, Sanders and his crew were killed in action when HMS PRIZE was sunk by the submarine UB-48.



The Association held its third Formal Dinner last Saturday at the Birkenhead RSA. The Guest of Honour was RADM David Proctor, Chief of Navy, who gave a very informative address. There were 70 guests, and entertainment for the evening was provided by Rebecca Nelson and a three piece band, all of whom were serving members of HMNZS Ngapona. At a short ceremony after the meal Lt Cdr John Gresson was promoted to Cdr by CN. Congratulations John, well done. At the conclusion of the evening CN acted as the Duty SA for the ‘Up Spirits’ ceremony.

By all accounts this formal dinner was a very successful event with all feedback being very positive. It resulted in CN making the statement that ‘the NGA Assn have become the keepers of the traditions of the RNZN’. Other comments were that the organisers ‘shouldn’t change a thing’ when organising the next dinner!




The Wellington branch of the Navy League has recently established a Web Page and FB Page which can be accessed as follows:

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The Navy League of New Zealand - Wellington Branch was founded in 1904. It is an organisation which supports the Royal New Zealand Navy and is interested in all aspects of maritime defence.

Wellington Branch Aims and Objectives:

- To foster an interest in the Royal New Zealand Navy and in the policies which the New Zealand government pursues in respect of our naval defence.

- To foster an interest in New Zealand's maritime trade and the policies which the New Zealand government pursues in respect of overseas and local maritime trade.

- To foster an interest in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone, the extended continental shelf and the Oceans Policy which regulates its governance.

- To support the Sea Cadet Corps units in the Wellington area and maintain a close and supportive interaction with the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand.