HMNZS TE KAHA working with international forces in Horn of Africa region
The frigate HMNZS TE KAHA is now attached to the Combined Maritime Forces fleet carrying out maritime security operations in the Gulfs of Oman and Aden and the Indian Ocean region and will undertake operational duties until mid-June.
CMF is a multi-national partnership established to promote maritime security, stability, and prosperity in a large area of international waters. Its main focuses are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities and promoting a safe maritime environment.
Pictured: HMNZS TE KAHA
The Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Tim Gall, said the mission shows New Zealand is an international citizen, playing our part in maintaining global security.
“By providing military assets in support of the Coalition we are showing the New Zealand Government’s commitment to stability in the region,” he said.
The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Griffiths, said: “Everyone on board has worked very hard to be ready for this task and we’re pleased to be getting on with it.”
The New Zealand Defence Force has frequently deployed naval assets and personnel to CMF operations. Last year a New Zealand officer commanded CMF’s Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) for three months and in late 2013 TE KAHA’s sister ship TE MANA deployed to the area for three months conducting counter-piracy operations for CTF-151 and NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield.
TE KAHA sailed to the region after completing duties in Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day.
TE KAHA and her sister ship TE MANA are combat-capable and operate throughout the Asia-Pacific region and globally to protect New Zealand’s interests. They are armed with a 5-inch gun, torpedoes, air defence missiles and close-in weapons systems for self-defence. The frigates also carry a SH2G Seasprite helicopter armed with air-to-surface missiles. Both frigates are undergoing Platform and Combat systems upgrades over the next five years to ensure they remain modern and combat-capable.
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