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Chief of NavY Commendation Regulations (current as at 10 January 2018)

DFO(N) - Part 1
Chapter 9 - Honours and Awards

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Section 3 - Commendations

1.9.40 Purpose

The purpose of a commendation is to provide a non-medallic means of recognising
outstanding achievement or special service to the RNZN (or the wider NZDF community) at
various levels.

1.9.41 Authority

a. The following RNZN positions are authorised to award commendations to individuals:

(1) the Chief of Navy;
(2) the Deputy Chief of Navy;
(3) the Maritime Component Commander; and
(4) commanding officers.

b. Commendations may, from time to time, be awarded to RNZN units. The Chief of Navy is the approving authority for the award of RNZN unit commendations.

1.9.42 Number of Commendations Awarded

There is no limit to the number of commendations that can be awarded.

The Chief of Navy Commendations

1.9.43 General


a. The Chief of Navy Commendation may be awarded to:

(1) officers and, ratings of the RNZN, RNZNR and RNZNVR;
(2) civilians employed by the Navy;
(3) ships and establishments; and
(4) personnel from other Services (New Zealand and foreign), whose contributions to the RNZN deserve formal recognition, but which may not be covered by the criteria for awards from the Sovereign.

b. Purpose of a Chief of Navy Commendation. The specific purpose of the Chief of Navy Commendation is to:

(1) provide formal recognition of personal endeavours;
(2) assist in promoting job and career satisfaction particularly in areas where
valuable service seldom leads to other forms of recognition;
(3) contribute to incentives to excel or perform to a higher standard; and
(4) recognise outstanding achievements or the special service of units of the RNZN.

c. A Chief of Navy Commendation may be awarded for:

(1) Acts of bravery and personal risk.
(2) Outstanding achievement and performance of duty demonstrating resourcefulness, initiative, diligence and devotion.
(3) Valuable contribution to the RNZN.

d. A person awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation may not receive a higher award in
respect of the same service or circumstances at a later date.

1.9.44 Nominations

a. Nominations. Nominations for the award of a Chief of Navy Commendation may be made by any person in the NZDF at any time on Form RNZN 189 “Nomination for a RNZN Commendation”. [Note: This link to From RNZN 189 will only work on the NZDF intranet].
b. Nominations and a draft citation are to be submitted through the Commanding Officer and normal command channels to the Deputy Chief of Navy or the Maritime Component Commander as appropriate. The Deputy Chief of Navy or the Maritime Component Commander are to provide a final comment and recommendation before forwarding it to the Chief of Navy for consideration.
c. Preparation of Citations. The citation is to be prepared within the guidelines of NZBR 1, Part 1, Chapter 8.

1.9.45 Recommendation for Higher Award

a. Before making a recommendation for a Chief of Navy Commendation, commanding officers are to consider whether the nominee deserves a higher award and if so, take action to nominate the person accordingly. Where a higher award is not recommended, the form is to be endorsed in the appropriate section and, if appropriate, a separate memorandum explaining why a higher award should not be
made is to be attached to the application form.
b. Nomination for a higher award does not exclude the award of a Chief of Navy Commendation in respect of the same service or action if the higher award is not granted.

1.9.46 Award and Presentation of the Chief of Navy Commendations

Individual Commendations

a. The names of personnel awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation, together with the citation, are to be published by With All Despatch.
b. Individual recipients are to receive a:

(1) Chief of Navy Commendation badge;
(2) Chief of Navy Commendation certificate signed by the Chief of Navy; and
(3) copy of the official citation.

c. Presentation of Chief of Navy Individual Commendations. Chief of Navy Commendations to individuals will be approved by the Chief of Navy. The Chief of Navy will personally present the Commendation to the individual whenever possible. In the absence of the Chief of Navy, the Commendation is to be presented by the recipient’s Commanding Officer or other senior officer nominated by the Chief of Navy.
d. The full citation is to be read out at the presentation ceremony.
e. Administration. The Chief of Navy Commendation is to be administered in accordance with the instructions on Form RNZN 189.

Unit Commendations

f. A Chief of Navy Commendation can be awarded to a ship or establishment on the recommendation of the Deputy Chief of Navy or operational commander. Such awards are made to the unit as an entity and are to be retained by the ship or establishment.
g. The name of the unit awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation, together with the citation, are to be published by With All Despatch.
h. The citation is to be framed and prominently displayed in the ship or establishment.
i. Unit recipients are to receive a:

(1) Chief of Navy Commendation certificate signed by the Chief of Navy; and
(2) copy of the official citation.

j. Members of the unit which has been awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation are not entitled to receive the Chief of Navy commendation badge.
k. Presentation of Chief of Navy Unit Commendations. The awards will be personally approved and presented by the Chief of Navy wherever possible. In the absence of the Chief of Navy, the Commendation is to be presented by the recipient’s commanding officer or other senior officer nominated by the Chief of Navy.
l. The full citation is to be read out at the presentation ceremony.

1.9.47 Responsibilities

The Assistant Chief of Navy (Personnel and Training) is to promulgate in NZBR 1 instructions for the administration of Deputy Chief of Navy and Maritime Component Commander Commendations.

1.9.48 - 1.9.52 Not Allocated

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Extract from NZBR 1 - RNZN Administration Manual, Chapter 8 Honours and Awards, Annex 8A

8A - Guideline for the Preparation of a Commendation


1. The citation should focus on the following points:

a. Outline of Service:

(1) Personal details.
(2) Appointment/specialist field.
(3) Key posts associated with the award.

b. Actions worthy of recognition, for example:

(1) Outstanding performance of a special task.
(2) Attention to detail and persistent efforts to overcome difficulties.
(3) Outstanding achievements.
(4) Non-operational acts of bravery.
(5) Demonstration of Navy Core Values.

c. Valedictory finish, with comments where appropriate on such attributes as:

(1) Loyalty.
(2) Diligence, enthusiasm.
(3) Devotion, dedication.
(4) Professional ability or skill.

 This page was last reviewed 10 January, 2018 and is current.

Quick Links:

Form RNZN 189 - Nomination for RNZN Commendations. (Note: This link to the Navy Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet). The form is in the 'Form Type: RNZN' section.

Defence Force Orders for the Navy (DFO(N)), Part 1, Chapter 9, Section 3. (Note: This link to DFO(N) will only work on the NZDF intranet).

NZBR 1 - RNZN Administration Manual, Chapter 8 Honours and Awards. (Note: This link to NZBR 1 will only work on the NZDF intranet).

Chief of Defence Force, Service Chiefs' Commendations and the NZDF Commendation

Regulations for the Chief of Defence Force Commendation (links to DFO 6, Part 1 - Defence Force Orders for Honours and Awards - see Chapter 5, paragraph 5.2 - pdf format 5.54 MB).

Note: The above link to DFO 6 will only work on the NZDF intranet.

Regulations for the Chief of Army Commendation

Regulations for the Chief of Air Force Commendation

Regulations for the New Zealand Defence Force Commendation (links to DFO 6, Part 1 - Defence Force Orders for Honours and Awards - see Chapter 5, paragraph 5.6 - pdf format 5.54 MB).

Note: The above link to DFO 6 will only work on the NZDF intranet.

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