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Combat Force: HMNZS TE MANA is the RNZN's second Anzac Class frigate. TE MANA is a purpose-built warship constructed to the German MEKO 200 design.

TE MANA is designed to fight and evade her enemies and take battle damage. Her primary mission is to ensure the security and prosperity of New Zealand by undertaking maritime security patrols and surveillance operations to protect our sea lines of communication or trade routes.

TE MANA was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 10 December 1999. TE MANA is the first ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Commanding Officer

Commander Mike Peebles, RNZN
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During the mid-1980s, the RNZN began considering the replacement of the Leander class frigate. Australia was going through a similar process and it was decided to collaborate on the acquisition in early 1987. In 1989, it was announced that Melbourne base AMECON (which  became Tenix Defence) would build the modified MEKO 200 design frigate. The Anzacs are based on Blohm + Voss' MEKO 200 PN frigates, modified to meet Australian and New Zealand specifications and maximise the use of locally built equipment. The first Anzac frigate, HMAS ANZAC, was commissioned in May 1996.

TE MANA was laid down at Williamstown on 18 May 1996 and was assembled from six hull modules. She was launched on 10 May 1997, and commissioned on 10 December 1999. Many of the components used in the ships were constructed in New Zealand. Work on options for the replacement of the frigates will begin well before they reach the end of their service life in the mid-2020s.

The two Anzac class frigates, HMNZS TE KAHA and HMNZS TE MANA, are the main fighting ships of the Navy and play a vital role in protecting New Zealand, its exports, maritime resources and those of our allies. Frigates are the smallest type of warship capable of prolonged independent and sustained operations, including:

  • Working with our allies in regional and global security
  • Conducting patrols in Antarctica for illegal fishing
  • Participating in joint training exercises with other navies on the tactical levels of warfare
  • Participating in UN peacekeeping missions
  • Search and rescue missions

Anzac frigates can combat simultaneous threats from air, surface and sub-surface. This makes these ships a vital component in maintaining regional security.

The Anzac frigates have a complement of 178 naval personnel.

TE MANA is part of New Zealand's national security system, and works with other agencies to protect and advance New Zealand's national security interests. 
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  • Air, surface and underwater warfare operations
  • Sustained and independent surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Multi-national task force operations
  • Naval gunfire
  • Search and rescue
  • Vertical and cross-deck replenishment (delivery services/logistics)
  • Medical evacuation
  • Interception and boarding
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Support for other government agencies, including Police, Primary Industries,
  • Customs and Department of Conservation
  • Training for the Navy


  • Displacement: 3,600 tonnes
  • Beam: 14.8 metres
  • Draught: 6.2 metres
  • Length: 118 metres
  • Speed: 27+ knots
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots
  • Complement: 178 crew (25 officers, 153 ratings), plus 10 flight personnel


  • Main Gun: 5-inch 54mm calibre fully automatic lightweight gun
  • Missiles: Eight cell Vertical Launch System, which houses the NATO Seasparrow Mk 41 air defence missile
  • CWIS: PHALANX Close In Weapons System
  • Torpedo's: Mk46 Mod 5 Anti-submarine Torpedos
  • Helicopter: One Kaman Super Seasprite SH-2G(I) with a combination of torpedos, depth charges, Penguin air-to-ship missiles and M60 machine gun
  • Small Arms: Numerous small arms ranging from 50-calibre machine guns and mini-Typhoon automatic weapons to 9mm pistols


  • Combined Diesel or Gas Turbine (CODOG)
  • One GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine (30,000 hp)
  • Two MTU 12V 1163 Diesels (8,500 hp)
  • Twin Shaft Controllable Pitch Propellers

Badge - Ship's Crest

The Ship's badge features a Great White Heron, or Kotuku.  Much revered in Maori folklore for its beauty and rarity, tradition has it that Tane selected the Kotuku to escort him as he travelled the heavens in search of the three baskets of knowledge.

The name TE MANA is Maori, meaning "status" or "authority". The Ship's Motto is "Kokiri Kia U" - "Striving towards perfection".

TE MANA was named by the Ship Sponsor, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, and is affiliated to Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) region.


TE MANA regularly deploys to the Asia-Pacific region to advance New Zealand's security interests through exercises and operations with other navies and partners, and conducting diplomatic port visits.

The Anzac frigates and their integrated capability systems  represent the only maritime element capable of operating across the spectrum of operations, from constabulary and humanitarian tasks to combat roles as part of a multinational coalition. The frigates are also able to protect other vessels, such as logistical support ships.

In recent years the frigates have participated in a range of activities, including:

  • Anti-terrorism operations in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman
  • Supporting peacekeeping operations in Bougainville
  • Supporting UN operations in East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  • Supporting peacekeeping operations in Solomon Islands
  • Anti-piracy operations off Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean


From 2013 - 2016 TE KAHA and TE MANA went through a significant and extensive engineering upgrade. The refit included:

On 6 March 2018 HMNZS TE KAHA arrived in Esquimalt, Canada where a major upgrade of its sensors and weapons systems will be undertaken. TE MANA, is scheduled to begin her upgrade in March in 2019 and will include:

  • Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU to replace combat and self defence systems) - new radar and targeting systems, a new combat management system and a number of  other improvements to protect the ship
  • Visit Ministry of Defence Anzac ships upgrade

Recent Activities - 2019

Ships and aircrafts are complex pieces of kit, packed with hard-working sailors - all of whom need some time alongside once in a while.

Historical data:

  • Distance steamed during December 2018 - 0 nautical miles
  • Total distance steamed since commissioning - 580,956.07 nautical miles

January: Christmas leave period; Scheduled maintenance period; Preps for FSU
February: Safety and Readiness Checks (SARC); Sea training; Passage
March: Passage to Hawaii thence Canada; Canada (Esquimalt) - FSU to replace combat and self defence systems; Change of Command ceremony - CDR Mike Peebles takes command of TE MANA from CDR Lisa Hunn
April: Canada (Esquimalt) for FSU
May: Canada cont'd

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