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HMAS Warramunga to Visit Tauranga

Defence Media Alert

23 April 12

HMAS Warramunga to Visit Tauranga

What: The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Warramunga will visit Tauranga, NZ to participate in ANZAC Day and take the opportunity for some rest and recreation for the ship’s company, following work-up exercises off the West Australian coast and passage to New Zealand.

When: 8 am Tuesday 24 April until Sunday 29 April 2012.

Where: Berth five, Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

Who: Commander Michael Turner, CSM, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Warramunga, will be available for interview shortly after the ship berths.

Fresh from conducting exercises with HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour off the coast of Western Australia the Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Warramunga, will visit Tauranga for five days commencing 1000 24 April.

The RAN and the RNZN share a long and proud history which continues today as sailors selflessly serve their country in our immediate region and beyond. The ANZAC forces worked together during the Gallipoli campaign and continue to collaborate in the same spirit now to protect our shared National interests.

The ship’s company looks forward to the opportunity to spend ANZAC Day in New Zealand and share in the commemoration of this important day in both our Nations’ history. Warramunga’s ships company will participate in memorial services in Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, and at Mt Maunganui.

Warramunga will be operating in New Zealand waters for a few weeks with HMAS Newcastle conducting advanced navigation training.

Warramunga is the third of eight Anzac Class frigates built for the Australian Navy, and is of the same class as the RNZN frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana. Warramunga is a long range guided missile frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

Warramunga will not be open to the public during this visit.

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