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Kiwi patrol vessel visits home port Westport

19 April 2010

Commanding Officer of HMNZS HAWEA, Lieutenant Grant Judson, will bring his ship to Westport to take part in ANZAC Day activities in the area.
 
HMNZS HAWEA will arrive off the Buller River mouth at Thursday 22 April 2010 at 1.00pm and the ship will remain in Westport until departure on Monday 26 April.

During their time in Westport the crew will assist the Returned Services Association as part of the ANZAC Day activities. The crew will also send a representation contingent to Greymouth and the town of Hawea to assist them in their ANZAC day activities.

Lieutenant Judson will be the guest speaker at the Westport ANZAC Day service at 10.45am on Sunday the 25th April 2010 and he and his crew are looking forward to their return visit to Westport after participating in the initial ‘official homecoming’ visit to Westport in August 2009.

Westport’s No 33 Squadron of Air Training Corps will be given an opportunity to experience sea manoeuvres onboard the vessel shortly after arrival. It is intended to uplift the Cadets from the wharf by the RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) to HMNZS HAWEA where they will experience ‘first hand’ life aboard the ship.

Background

There are four Inshore Patrol Vessels, HMNZS ROTOITI, HMNZS HAWEA, HMNZS PUKAKI and HMNZS TAUPO.
The Inshore Patrol Vessels are involved in multi-agency operations in support of national security tasking. These tasks include undertaking inshore patrolling out to 200 nautical miles off shore through surveillance , response and boarding operations, search and rescue operations, exercises and providing maritime assistance to Government agencies including  Customs, Ministry of Fisheries, Police, Department of Conservation , Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other Defence Forces.

Particulars of HMNZS HAWEA

Pennant Number: P3571
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

ENDS

For further information - please contact Lieutenant Commander Terry Archer, phone 03 789 7525.


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