As the Royal New Zealand Navy kicks off its 75th anniversary celebrations, the oldest veteran at Devonport Naval Base has told ONE News it's "marvellous" how far they've come.
Des Price is 96 next month and joined the navy in 1938.
He spent four years and four months on HMNZS Leander, which was torpedoed in 1943.
"I had the job of getting power back into the remaining boiler room so they could start raising steam again."
He said a lot has changed since his time, but was very impressed with the new technology.
Mr Price said a couple of rums per day keeps him going.
"I lost my wife seven years ago, but I cook my own dinner. While I'm cooking I pour a rum, you see? The damn stuff evaporates! So I have to have another one."
Chief of Navy John Martin said while technology may have changed drastically, some things stay the same.
"The sea is unchanging. It's one of the most challenging work environments we have around New Zealand."