On 1 October 1941, His Majesty King George VI approved the designation ‘Royal New Zealand Navy’, creating the independent maritime force that is the RNZN today. Since then, many thousands have served with the Navy, playing a crucial role in contributing towards the prosperity and security of New Zealand.
The issue consists of a six large gummed stamps – each representing a different aspect of the Navy’s history or role today: The loss of HMS Neptune, Conflict in Korea, Women at sea, Supporting the United Nations, Disaster relief in Christchurch and The Navy family.
The stamp design features a brass scuttle that was recovered from the wreck of the Moa, sunk by Japanese bombers in 1943. The scuttle frames the images on the stamps, which have been coated with spot UV, to replicate the effect of looking through glass.