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medals by RNZN Deployment 3 September 1945 to 2013

The table below lists the operational service medals and special service medals earnt for service on Royal New Zealand Navy deployments since 3 September 1945.

Applications for these medals by ex-RNZN personnel, or their families, should be made, in writing, to the Medals Office, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force (HQNZDF), Private Bag 905, Upper Hutt 5140, New Zealand. Further information on the application procedure and on how to make general enquiries on medal entitlement (or about which medals have already been issued and when) can be found on the Application Forms and General Enquiries page of the NZDF's Medals website.

Please note the use of the following abbreviations in the list below:

If a deployment is not listed below, this means there is no medallic recognition for that deployment.

Deployment Medal Eligibility
HMNZS Gambia 3 September 1945 to 11 October 1945 NZ Service Medal 1946-1949, NZOSM
HMNZS Achilles 6 October 1945 to 20 January 1946 NZ Service Medal 1946-1949, NZOSM
HMNZS Pukaki 3 July 1950 to 3 December 1950 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Tutira 3 July 1950 to 30 May 1951 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Rotoiti 7 October 1950 to 21 November 1951 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Hawea 2 March 1951 to 8 March 1952 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Taupo 29 August 1951 to 21 October 1952 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Rotoiti 7 January 1952 to 19 March 1953 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Hawea 4 August 1952 to 29 August 1953 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Kaniere 2 March 1953 to 2 March 1954 Korea Medal, UN Medal (Korea), NZOSM, Korean War Service Medal
HMNZS Pukaki 1 November 1953 to 28 September 1954 UN Medal (Korea), NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM
HMNZS Kaniere November 1954 to March 1955 NZGSM (Korea 1954-57), NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM
HMNZS Black Prince 7 June 1955 to early July 1955 NZOSM only (for 9 days' operational service during the Malayan Emergency)
HMNZS Pukaki August 1955 to July 1956 NZGSM (Korea 1954-57), NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM
HMNZS Kaniere 1 April 1956 to 8 May 1957 NZGSM (Korea 1954-57), NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM
HMNZS Royalist 31 October 1956 to 22 December 1956 NZGSM (Near East) (for service at Suez), NZOSM
HMNZS Pukaki 15 May 1957, 31 May 1957, or 19 June 1957 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Rotoiti 15 May 1957, 31 May 1957, or 19 June 1957 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Royalist 31 August 1957 to 18 June 1958 NZGSM (Korea 1954-57), NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Pukaki 8 November 1957 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Rotoiti 8 November 1957 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Pukaki 28 April 1958 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Rotoiti 22 May 1958 to 11 March 1959 NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Pukaki 22 August 1958, 2 September 1958, 11 September 1958, or 23 September 1958 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Royalist February 1959 to June 1959 NZOSM only (for 7 days' operational service during the Malayan Emergency). (Also see Note 1, below)
HMNZS Pukaki 6 June 1959 to 15 March 1960 NGSM (Malaya), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Rotoiti 17 April 1960 to 15 February 1961 NGSM (Malaya) (for service up to 31 July 1960), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Royalist 22 February 1961 to 12 July 1961 PJM only
HMNZS Pukaki 9 July 1961 to 23 May 1962 PJM only
HMNZS Otago 23 February 1962 to 26 March 1962 None (But see Note 1, below)
HMNZS Taranaki 18 May 1962 to 12 March 1963 PJM only
HMNZS Royalist 14 March 1963 to 26 June 1963 None (But see Note 1, below)
HMNZS Otago 5 June 1963 to 25 November 1963 PJM only
HMNZS Taranaki 15 December 1963 to 20 August 1964 NZOSM, PJM. (The NZOSM has been qualified for by 8 days' operational service during the Indonesian Confrontation)
HMNZS Royalist 19 May 1964 to 17 July 1964 None (But see Note 1, below)
HMNZS Otago 15 October 1964 to 10 May 1965 GSM (Malay Peninsula), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Royalist 20 May 1965 to 29 October 1965 GSM (Malay Peninsula), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Santon 10 April 1965 to 25 November 1965 GSM (Malay Peninsula), GSM (Borneo), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Hickleton 12 April 1965 to 27 November 1965 GSM (Malay Peninsula), GSM (Borneo), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Taranaki 3 November 1965 to 23 April 1966 GSM (Borneo), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Santon 26 November 1965 to 20 May 1966 GSM (Malay Peninsula), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Hickleton 28 November 1965 to 30 July 1966 GSM (Malay Peninsula), GSM (Borneo), NZOSM, PJM
HMNZS Otago 29 April 1966 to 2 September 1966 GSM (Malay Peninsula), NZOSM. (Also see Note 1, below)
HMNZS Otago 22 July 1973 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Canterbury 28 July 1973 NZSSM (Nuclear Testing) only
HMNZS Canterbury 21 June 1982 to 11 August 1982 NZGSM (Indian Ocean) (for service on Op Armilla), NZOSM
HMNZS Waikato 12 August 1982 to 13 November 1982 NZGSM (Indian Ocean) (for service on Op Armilla), NZOSM
HMNZS Canterbury 23 November 1982 to 15 March 1983 NZGSM (Indian Ocean) (for service on Op Armilla), NZOSM
HMNZS Waikato 26 June 1983 to 20 September 1983 NZGSM (Indian Ocean) (for service on Op Armilla), NZOSM
HMNZS Wellington October 1995 to April 1996 NZGSM (Arabian Gulf) (for service on Op Delphic), NZOSM
HMNZS Canterbury May 1996 to September 1996 NZGSM (Arabian Gulf) (for service on Op Delphic), NZOSM
HMNZS Canterbury 27 November 1997 to 10 December 1997 NZOSM only (for 14 days’ operational service off Bougainville)
HMNZS Endeavour 28 November 1997 to 31 January 1998 NZGSM (Bougainville), NZOSM
HMNZS Manawanui 9 December 1997 to 21 February 1998 NZGSM (Bougainville), NZOSM
HMNZS Manawanui 20 March 1999 to 25 May 1999 NZGSM (Bougainville), NZOSM
HMNZS Endeavour 16 September 1999 to 20 October 1999, and late January 2000 to 23 February 2000 East Timor Medal, NZOSM, INTERFET Medal
HMNZS Canterbury 28 September 1999 to 10 December 1999 East Timor Medal, NZOSM, INTERFET Medal

HMNZS Te Kaha September 1999 to January 2000

Note: HMNZS Te Kaha served in the East Timor operational area from 16 September to 25 September 1999, then deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

East Timor Medal, NZGSM (Arabian Gulf), NZOSM
HMNZS Te Mana 10 June 2000 to 21 June 2000 NZOSM only (for 12 days' operational service in the Solomon Islands - Op Purple Haze 1). (Also see Note 2, below).
HMNZS Te Kaha 21 June 2000 to 6 July 2000 NZOSM only (for 16 days' operational service in the Solomon Islands - Op Purple Haze 1). (Also see Note 2, below).
HMNZS Te Kaha 24 August 2000 to 13 September 2000 NZOSM only (for 21 days' operational service in the Solomon Islands - Op Purple Haze 2). (Also see Note 2, below).
HMNZS Te Mana 27 April 2001 to 14 May 2001 NZOSM only (for 18 days' operational service in the Solomon Islands - Op Ricochet 1) . (Also see Note 2, below).
HMNZS Manawanui October 2001 to February 2002 NZGSM (Solomon Islands), NZOSM
HMNZS Te Kaha 27 November 2002 to 27 March 2003 NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area, NZOSM
HMNZS Te Mana 28 January 2003 to 4 August 2003 NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area, NZOSM
HMNZS Te Mana 7 April 2004 to 1 September 2004 NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area, NZOSM
HMNZS Te Mana 4 May 2008 to 1 August 2008 NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area, NZOSM

Note 1: personnel who served on two or more of the following five RNZN deployments may be eligible for the PJM medal, if their total number of days of qualifying service (as indicated in brackets) is 90 days or more:
HMNZS Royalist - 25 March 1959 to 10 June 1959 (53.5 days’ qualifying service)
HMNZS Otago - 23 February 1962 to 26 March 1962 (27 days’ qualifying service)
HMNZS Royalist - 14 March 1963 to 26 June 1963 (75.5 days’ qualifying service)
HMNZS Royalist - 19 May 1964 to 17 July 1964 (33 days’ qualifying service)
HMNZS Otago - 29 April 1966 to 2 September 1966 (67.5 days’ qualifying service)

Note 2: Personnel who completed two or more of the following periods of service off Honiara, and who accumulated 30 days' operational service, qualify for the award of the NZGSM (Solomon Islands):

HMNZS Te Mana - 10 June 2000 to 21 June 2000  (12 days' operational service)
HMNZS Te Kaha - 21 June 2000 to 6 July 2000  (16 days' operational service)
HMNZS Te Kaha - 24 August 2000 to 13 September 2000  (21 days' operational service)
HMNZS Te Mana - 27 April 2001 to 14 May 2001  (18 days' operational service)

Personnel who only completed one of the above periods of service off Honiara do not qualify for the NZGSM (Solomon Islands), but do qualify for the award of the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM), for between 7 days' and 29 days' operational service in the Solomon Islands, if they have not already been awarded the NZOSM for other service.

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