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Navy ships' first time visit to Wellington

Pukaki
HMNZS Pukaki (MC09-0306-002)

1 October 2009

The Wellington public will have a chance to visit two of the Navy’s fleet of four new In Shore Patrol Vessels when HMNZS PUKAKI and HMNZS TAUPO berth in the City at 9 am on Friday 9 October and remain until Wednesday 14 October.

During the visit, tours of the ships have been organised for local University and College students, ships personnel will be in attendance at official engagements around the city, and both ships will hold an open day for the public.

HMNZS PUKAKI – Pennant Number P3568 - under the command of Lieutenant John McQueen, has just completed a port visit to Akaroa prior to this Wellington visit. On departure from Wellington, PUKAKI will head to Nelson on 15 October for her very first homecoming visit to her homeport region of Nelson and Marlborough.

HMNZS TAUPO – Pennant Number P3570 - under the command of Lieutenant Grant Judson, has also completed a port visit to Akaroa prior to this Wellington visit. On departure from Wellington, TAUPO will head back to Auckland for final preparations for her own first homecoming visit to her homeport of Whangarei at the end of October.

Open Day to the Public

Lieutenant John McQueen and Lieutenant Grant Judson, on behalf of their respective crews of both TAUPO and PUKAKI, warmly invite the locals of Wellington and surrounding districts to visit both ships when they are open to the public at Queens Wharf on Saturday 10 October from 9 am – 11 am.

Specifications of both ships:

Displacement: 340 tonnes
Length Overall: 55 metres
Beam: 9 metres
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 3,000 nautical miles
Complement: Core ship's company: 20
Government agencies: 4
Additional personnel: 12
Total: 36


Media Opportunities

Friday 9 October – 7:45 am - media is invited to embark onboard both PUKAKI and TAUPO at Seatoun Wharf (via seaboat transfer) for a circumnavigation of Wellington Harbour prior to berthing in the City at 9:00 am.

As numbers are limited - registrations of interest are to be forwarded to Lieutenant Commander Barbara Fleissner asap – contact details are below.

ENDS

Our new Inshore Patrol Vessels ROTOITI, HAWEA, PUKAKI AND TAUPO work around the coast doing border patrol and surveillance, protecting our fisheries and supporting the work of Customs, Police, the Ministry of Fisheries and Department of Conservation

For further information and requests for interviews with the Commanding Officers of TAUPO and PUKAKI, please contact Lieutenant Commander Barbara Fleissner, Senior Media Adviser, Navy on 021 2440638 or Chris Wright, Defence Communications Group, 021 487 980.


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