Navy Frigate and tanker deploy to Pacific
Friday July 23, 2004
Navy Frigate and tanker deploy to Pacific and south east asia The Navy tanker
HMNZS ENDEAVOUR will accompany the frigate, HMNZS TE KAHA on a five-month deployment to Australia and South East Asia departing Devonport Naval Base on Monday July 26, 2004 at 2:00 pm.
The deployment will see the ships represent New Zealand in a variety of operational exercises, activities and Defence Diplomacy visits.
The deployment provides an opportunity for the New Zealand and allied navies to train together to enhance practices experienced during operational missions such as Operation Enduring Freedom.
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Martyn Dunne says "the deployment maintains the Defence Force's combat capability in a maritime environment. It demonstrates New Zealand's ability to contribute effectively to Closer Defence Relations and supporting regional aims and objectives of the Government of New Zealand".
Te Kaha and Endeavour will also take part in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA a military exercise in the South China Sea contributing to the security of the Asia Pacific region through the Five Power Defence Arrangement of which New Zealand is a partner.