2005: HMNZS MOA'S Departure From Dunedin

MOA berths at Devonport Naval Base On Thursday 24 March 2005 HMNZS MOA, the Inshore Patrol Craft attached to HMNZS TOROA, the RNZNVR Headquarters in Dunedin, departed for Auckland where her new role will be to assist the RNZN with sea training.

Since first arriving in Dunedin in 1984, MOA, manned mainly by Naval Reservists, has steamed over 90,000 nautical miles and spent over 10,000 hours at sea. She has undertaken:

* fishery patrols;
* search and rescue operations;
* mine counter-measure activities;
* support to other branches of the armed forces;
* seamanship training;
* escorted yacht races;
* searched for missing persons, sunken vessels and crashed aircraft;
* located a downed aircraft in Foveaux Strait in 1998;
* assisted the NZ Police during the Aramoana tragedy;
* assisted DOC in visiting the Snares Islands; and
* provided Naval representation in many ports throughout the country.

In particular, she has become a well-known visitor to lower South Island ports such as Halfmoon Bay, Bluff, Timaru and Oamaru. In the immediate future Dunedin Naval Reservists will continue to obtain sea experience and participate in naval operations by the use of HMNZS KIWI, the IPC presently based in Lyttelton. The training gained will serve to equip the RNZNVR with the skills needed to play a role in helping man the Navy's new patrol vessels that are due to be commissioned in 2007.

When interviewed, CDR Dave Jensen, CO of TOROA, said that Dunedin Naval Reservists had taken a great pride in MOA and had enjoyed many splendid achievements with her. They were sorry to see her leave but were looking forward with enthusiasm to playing their part in manning the Navy's new larger and faster patrol vessels. It is a good time for people with a yen to get to sea to enlist in the RNZNVR in Dunedin!

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