Overview of Ships
The ships that make up the Royal New Zealand Navy Fleet are grouped according to their roles:
Naval Combat Force:
The two ANZAC class frigates, TE KAHA and TE MANA are the key fighting units of the RNZN, with armament including a 5" gun, vertical launch missile system, torpedoes and a close in weapon system for protection.
When deployed each Ship will have a Seasprite helicopter embarked from Naval Support Flight.
Naval Logistic Support Force:
ENDEAVOUR, the Fleet Tanker, provides fuel, provisions and stores for other vessels as part of a Task Group.
CANTERBURY, the sealift and amphibious support vessel provides sealift capability for troops, equipment and vehicles.
The Diving Support Vessel, MANAWANUI, predominantly works around New Zealand, with the Operational Dive Team embarked.
Inshore Patrol Vessels:
The RNZN has four Inshore Patrol Vessels that undertake border patrol, surveillance and operations in support of other Government Agencies. The Inshore Patrol Vessels are highly capable ships that are seen frequently around the New Zealand coast and ports.
Offshore Patrol Vessels:
The RNZN has two Offshore Patrol Vessels which will provide long-range surveillance, patrol and operational capability for the Navy and other Government agencies.
RNZN Shore Establishments:
HMNZS WAKEFIELD - Naval Headquarters, Wellington.
HMNZS PHILOMEL - the Administrative/Accommodation unit at Devonport Naval Base.
RNZ Naval College – a registered Government Training Establishment. This includes the New Entry, Command, Officer Training, Sea Survival and Damage Control Schools among many others.
No. 6 Squadron - based at RNZAF Base, Auckland, Whenuapai.