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Naval Frigate Departing For Overseas Deployment

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
Media Release
17 September 2008

Naval Frigate Departing For Overseas Deployment

Warship HMNZS TE KAHA departs from the Devonport Naval Base at 10:00am Thursday 18 September to commence a three month operational and exercise period in South East Asia and Australia.

TE KAHA will be one of the New Zealand Defence Force units deploying to Singapore and Malaysia to participate in Exercise Bersama Lima 2008, a major joint and combined Five Power Defence Arrangement Field Training Exercise and Command Post Exercise focusing on the operational and tactical levels of warfare.

Bersama Lima 2008 will be hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces during the period 8 – 24 Oct 2008 and will be conducted in a multi-threat environment for the defence of Malaysia and Singapore.

TE KAHA will be involved in exercises around the waters of Western Australia over the period 17 November – 5 December. As our closest neighbour, the scheduled exercise periods with Australia are seen as a valuable opportunity to not only share operational capabilities, but provide benefits to both Navies in developing and improving skills.

The Commanding Officer of HMNZS TE KAHA, Commander Matt Williams and his crew of 179 men and women, will be representing the New Zealand Defence Force in Cairns, Kemaman, Sembawang, Fremantle and Hobart and are due to return home on 19 December.


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