HMNZS HAWEA - P3571
Modern, Versatile, Capable
The Navy's four Inshore Patrol Vessels are designed for maritime surveillance and patrol missions around the New Zealand coast and southwest Pacific. Their primary mission is to protect the security and prosperity of New Zealanders by undertaking maritime security patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and response to search and rescue call outs. The ships work with government agencies such as Fisheries, Customs, Police and the Department of Conservation on operations around New Zealand's 1500 kilometers of coastline.
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
Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Grant Bicknell, RNZN
HAWEA, the second of the four Inshore Patrol Vessels built entirely in New Zealand by Tenix in Whangarei, was launched in Whangarei Harbour on Tuesday 11 December.
HAWEA had her naming ceremony on Saturday, 15 December. Launch Lady, Lady Sandra O’Regan, named the ship and bless all her sail in her before the champagne bottle smashes onto the bow and the second Inshore Patrol Craft is one step closer to her delivery date.
The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson says, “‘the naming ceremony for the new Inshore Patrol Vessel HAWEA is yet another significant milestone in Project PROTECTOR. HAWEA is the second of the four Inshore Patrol Vessels to be launched and the third ship of the name to serve in the RNZN.
The first was a LOCH Class frigate that, among other things, saw operational service in Korea. The second was the Lake Class patrol vessel that carried out some of the important multi-agency tasks on which the latest HAWEA will be focussed - including activities in support of the Ministry of Fisheries, the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Customs Service”.
The Inshore Patrol Vessels will be used to conduct maritime surveillance in support of other agencies such as Customs and Fisheries. They will be able to patrol the New Zealand coastline from the shore to approximately 200 nautical miles.
HAWEA is affiliated to the Westport/Greymouth region.