HMNZS TE MANA - F111
Modern, Versatile, Capable
TE MANA and TE KAHA fom our Navy's combat force. Frigates are the smallest type of warship capable of sustained, independent operations - and have become the building block for multi-national naval task forces.
TE MANA is built to the German MEKO 200 Class design. Sections of the ship were built separately (some in NZ) and then combined to produce the final product. A significant proportion of TE MANA's internal equipment was built in New Zealand. There are ten ships in the ANZAC-class, eight Australian and two New Zealand ships.
Standard Displacement: 3,600 tonnes
Length Overall: 118 metres
Beam: 14.8 metres
Draught: 6.2 metres
Speed: 27+ knots
Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots
Complement: 178 Officers and ratings (25 Officers, 153 ratings)
Propulsion: Combined Diesel or Gas Turbine (CODOG)
1 GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine (30,000 hp)
2 MTU 12V 1163 Diesel's (8,500 hp)
Twin Shaft Controllable Pitch Propellers
* 5 inch 54 calibre fully automatic lightweight gun
* Eight cell Vertical Launch System which houses the NATO Seasparrow Mk 41 air defence missile
* PHALANX Close In Weapon System
* Two MK 32 Mod 5 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes
* Numerous small arms ranging from 50 cal machine guns to 9 mm pistols
Other: TE MANA carries one KAMAN SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopter that can be armed with torpedoes, depth charges and Maverick missiles.
The roles of our frigates include protecting New Zealand, our maritime resources and our neighbours; surveillance; Civil Defence; Search and Rescue; participation in UN peacekeeping missions; providing gunfire support to troops on the ground.
TE MANA is the RNZN's second ANZAC Class Frigate. Launched on 10 May 1997, she was fitted out in Melbourne and commissioned in her home port of Tauranga on 10 December 1999.
The SH-2G (NZ) Seasprite helicopters presently operate from TE MANA and TE KAHA, embarked with aircrew from the RNZN and maintainers from the RNZAF. Since 2007 they have also operated off the two new Offshore Patrol Vessels and the Multi Role Vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY.
Compared to the Navy's previous Leander Class frigates, the crew numbers on the ANZACs are relatively low, due to many more automated systems.
The name TE MANA is Maori, meaning 'status' or 'authority'. The Ship's Motto is 'Kokiri Kia U' - 'Striving towards perfection'.
The Ship's Crest features a Great White Heron, or Kotuku. Much revered in Maori folklore for its beauty and rarity, tradition has it that Tane selected the Kotuku to escort him as he travelled the heavens in search of the three baskets of knowledge.