HMNZS CANTERBURY returns home from a three-month deployment
HMNZS CANTERTBURY and her Ship's Company have arrived home after a three-month deployment to Exercise RIMPAC in Hawaii and Exercise Croix du Sud in New Caledonia.
The heavy-lift ship left Auckland on 3 June, returning on 9 September.
NZDF contributed 256 staff in total to the US-led RIMPAC, made up of HMNZS CANTERBURY with embarked SH-2G Seasprite helicopter, Mine Counter Measures Team, Operational Dive Team, a P3K-2 Orion aircraft, a light infantry platoon, and Headquarters staff and augmentees. RIMPAC is the world’s biggest maritime military exercise, with 23 nations participating this year.
Croix du Sud is a French Armed Forces of New Caledonia-sponsored joint and combined Field Training Exercise, conducted biennially in New Caledonia.
As well as HMNZS CANTERBURY, the ships which took part were FS VENDEMIAIRE (which earlier this year underwent extensive maintenance at Devonport Naval Base), FS LA GLORIEUSE, HMAS LABUAN, HMAS TARAKAN, RVS TUKORO (Vanuatu) and VOEA PANGAI (Tonga).
Other NZDF participants included Army soldiers and members of the Littoral Warfare Support Force.
Exercise Croix du Sud provides the opportunity for relevant and realistic multinational training in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO).
Photo: HMNZS CANTERBURY arriving at Devonport Naval Base on 9 September.
A sceptical journalist goes to sea with the RNZN
National Business Review journalist Nathan Smith had a sea-ride onboard our Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON recently when it escorted the three visiting Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships from Auckland. He wrote an interesting article of his many experiences.
Recalling a meeting with Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Nathan wrote:
I floated (sorry) the idea that the NZDF seemed small and insufficient for the country’s needs. Did he think the structure of the navy, for instance, was enough to protect New Zealand? Admiral Steer’s answer was fast and unequivocal. He had full confidence in the capability and professionalism of the Royal New Zealand Navy. In fact, he said, “We should get you out on a ship so you can see it all for yourself.” So that’s how I found myself peering at the hazy islands of the Hauraki Gulf in the early spring sunshine through the wraparound windows on the bridge of the HMNZS Wellington.
We have published his article with permission on this website. Enjoy reading it.
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