Operation HIKI ANO...
Concentrated training period for our sailors and officers.
HIKI ANO has been designed to accelerate Navy's readiness prior to the introduction of the Dive Hydrographic vessel (MANAWANUI), Polar-class sustainment vessel (AOTEAROA) and the return of the modernised Anzac frigates (TE KAHA and TE MANA).
HIKI ANO is taking place over the period 29 April to 14 June 2019. HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY and WELLINGTON along with shore establishments like the Devonport Naval Base will be platforms for training our sailors and officers.
Focussed training will include enhance promotion flow, leadership workshops, weapon familiarisation, refresher courses, and dedicated activities at sea to up skill and qualify personnel.
News: HMNZS AOTEAROA
Navy's massive new product launch...
At a ceremony this week (Wed 24 Apr.), the Navy’s first purpose-built ship in 10 years, AOTEAROA, finally found herself in her natural environment only eight months after her keel was laid in a South Korean shipyard.
It wasn't the dramatic launch of times past where a ship rolled down the slipway and into the water. AOTEAROA was constructed in the massive Hyundai Industries dry dock which simply filled with water and the ship floated off the blocks.
At 173m long, AOTEAROA is the largest ship the RNZN have ever had in her fleet. Now begins six months of fit out before her formal naming ceremony in October and Commissioning in early 2020.