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New Navy Patrol Vessel Arrives in Auckland

New Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel Arrives in Auckland

HMNZS WELLINGTON arrived at Devonport Naval Base to an emotional Navy haka performed by fleet personnel.

Onboard for the arrival were the Honourable Heather Roy, Associate Minister of Defence, and Commodore Ross Smith the Maritime Component Commander. Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, the Chief of Defence Force and Commodore Bruce Pepperell, Deputy Chief of Navy greeted the ship as it berthed.

Commanding Officer of HMNZS WELLINGTON, Lieutenant Commander Simon Griffiths said on arrival, “WELLINGTON, like her recently arrived sister ship OTAGO, is a great asset for RNZN and NZDF. It is going to deliver a substantial new capability to surveillance patrols and military support operations throughout New Zealand, the South Pacific, and the Southern Ocean.”

WELLINGTON, an offshore Patrol Vessel, is the seventh and last ship in the Project Protector fleet, and with her delivery the Navy will be operating a fleet of 12 modern and highly capable ships.

Specifications of the Offshore Patrol Vessels
Displacement 1900 tonnes
Length 85 metres
Beam 14 metres
Speed 22 knots
Range 6000 nautical miles
Propulsion 2x Mann Burmeister & Wain 12RK280 diesels producing 5400 kW
Core Complement 35
Flight personnel 10
Multi Agency Complement 4
Additional personnel 34
Total Complement 83
Boat Capacity 2 x 7.3 m Zodiac RHIB
Deployable by 2 x Powered Davits


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