Navy frigate departs for Australia and Gallipoli
The Navy frigate HMNZS TE KAHA left Devonport Naval Base on Monday 16 February for a five-month deployment on many distant operations and exercises.
After a few days in Sydney the warship will head for Western Australia, engaging in a month of sea training. The ship will then sail for Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Anzac Day landings on 25 April.
“The crew are honoured to be representing New Zealand at this historical occasion,” says TE KAHA’s commanding officer Commander Simon Griffiths.
“Gallipoli laid the foundation for our modern military. Honouring the brave soldiers and sailors who gave their lives is something we do with pride every Anzac Day, but the 100-year anniversary is a particularly poignant moment. We are extremely proud to be part of it.”
While on deployment TE KAHA will get an opportunity to test out its latest upgrade in company with other navies.
“The mid-life upgrades to frigates TE KAHA and TE MANA have allowed our Navy to remain a versatile and valued global partner, capable of working seamlessly in coalition with other nations,” said CDR Griffiths
“The first part of the systems upgrade has been a real eye-opener for me as Commanding Officer. When I first worked on frigates many years ago, the systems were mostly manual. Now all the operational components are controlled through touch screen technology, which is a huge step forward, and it makes operating the ship more intuitive.
"The upgrades will extend the life of each frigate and continue to ensure New Zealand has the ability to undertake work in international task groups, such as the counter-piracy operation conducted by TE MANA last summer.
“It also ensures we are well placed to respond to natural disasters, or situations like the violence which occurred in East Timor just over a decade ago,” said CDR Griffiths.
Pictured: TE KAHA sailing from Devonport Naval Base on 16 February.
Navy’s hugely successful week at Waitangi
The Navy made major and very successful contributions to the 175th Treaty of Waitangi commemorations in the Bay of Islands in early February culminating in Waitangi Day itself on 6 February.
This year saw a greater Navy presence than in other years. Three ships were present (CANTERBURY, TE KAHA and ROTOITI) and all provided platoons for the parades on the Treaty Grounds and in Paihia. There was also a Guard, the Navy Band, the Maori Cultural Group and more. Read a review of the event by Chief of Navy RADM Jack Steer.
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