Elbow grease for community part of ship homecoming
HMNZS PUKAKI at sea (MC 10-0422-023).
19 January 2011
Inshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS PUKAKI, is making a home port visit to Nelson and during its stay, the crew will be making its presence felt.
The crew of PUKAKI, under the command of Lieutenant Alexandra Hansen, will be helping the local RSA and Victory School, the ships sponsored school, to do odd jobs in the area.
The ship will be at Coastal Berth, Ports of Nelson, from midday on Thursday, 21 January 2011 and during its visit the crew will be painting and tidying up the Cross of Sacrifice at the Wakapuaka RSA Cemetery and the RSA block at the Marsden Valley Cemetery.
PUKAKI will be open to the public on Sunday, 29 January 2011 from 1200-1500 and this will be chance for the public of Nelson to look around their ship and meet the crew. A fundraiser BBQ will be run by the ship and all proceeds will go to Victory School.
A working party from PUKAKI will also be going to Victory School to help set up for the new school year.
“Nelson is our home port” said Lieutenant Alexandra Hansen. “Our crew always enjoy ourselves and feel very welcome in Nelson.”
“Whenever we get the opportunity, we like to get involved in the community and give a little something back.”
PUKAKI will sail at 10:00am Wednesday, 26 January 2011.
The IPV’s are versatile vessels capable of multi-agency operations in support of national security tasks. There are four Inshore Patrol Vessels, HMNZS ROTOITI, HMNZS HAWEA, HMNZS PUKAKI and HMNZS TAUPO in service.
At 55 metres long and with a contracted 3000-nautical mile range (although the sea trials show that the range is likely to be in the region of 7000nm which is double the contracted requirement), they contribute significantly to the patrolling of New Zealand’s 15,000km coastline, and our Exclusive Economic Zone out to 200 nautical miles. The primary role of the IPV’s is patrol and response to maritime security incidents within the inshore zone around New Zealand.
In addition to patrolling, an IPV’s tasks include surveillance, response and boarding operations, and search and rescue. Secondary roles for the IPV’s are in New Zealand disaster relief and defence aid to the civil community.
The IPVs have a complement of 20 naval personnel and four Government agency officers. They also have the capacity to host 14 additional personnel onboard for general naval training or other duties.
The Inshore Patrol Vessels are specifically designed to undertake a range of tasks for several Government agencies including Customs, Ministry of Fisheries, DoC, Police, MFAT, NZDF and Maritime New Zealand.
Please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell - Media Adviser- Navy on 021 244 0638 for further information.
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