Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals

The Royal New Zealand Signals Corps (RNZSigs) provides, co-ordinates and operates the communications networks of the New Zealand Army.

Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
Active1 June 1921 – Present
Country New Zealand
AllegianceThe Queen
Motto(s)Certa Cito
MarchBegone Dull Care
Colonel-in-ChiefThe Princess Royal

The role of RNZSigs is "To support other Arms by providing Communication Information System required for Command and Control of Units, Formations and Administrative installations in a theater of Operations and in the New Zealand support area."

Modern signal equipment is essential to the army, demanding skilled operators and technicians. Because communications must be maintained even under the worst of conditions, signallers must be expert tradespeople. They must also accept a high degree of personal responsibility because the lives of soldiers can often rely on the fast and accurate transmission of battlefield information.

The Corps comprises systems engineers who configure and implement networks, information systems operators who maintain and operate networks, and communication system operators who operate all sorts of communications equipment and process signals traffic over voice and data circuits.

The Corps consist of three regular squadrons and one reserve force squadron. The regular force squadrons are 2 Signal Squadron in Linton, which includes 3 troops, Headquarters, and a Q-Store made up of Regular Force personnel. The second one is the 3 Signals Squadron Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals in Burnham and the third is 4 Signal Squadron.

1st Signal Squadron, the Army Reserve signal squadron, is based in Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. The Squadron consists of 2 troops from throughout the North and South Islands, many of which are ex regular force soldiers and officers. The primary role of the 1st Signal Squadron is to supplement the Regular force squadrons on exercises and operations.

The corps school is known as the School of Signals and is located at Linton Military Camp. Where both the Regular Force and Army Reserve personnel attend to get qualified as a Royal New Zealand Signaller.

Further reading

  • Laurie Barber & Cliff Lord, Swift and Sure: A History of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals and Army Signalling in New Zealand. An official history, 1996
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