Feb 25 2013: SHIPS SAIL FOR INTERNATIONAL EXERCISES
Royal New Zealand Navy Ships ENDEAVOUR and TE MANA have sailed from the Devonport Naval Base at the beginning of a major international deployment which will see the Navy reach out to South East Asia and beyond.
“New Zealand relies on the sea to transport 99 per cent of its imports and exports,” says Maritime Component Commander, Commodore (CDRE) John Martin.
“Ensuring New Zealand’s ocean life-lines remain open and secure is the Navy’s number one priority, and maintaining strong working relationships with our partner navies is a vital component in achieving this.
“Whilst overseas TE MANA will be working intensively in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. Exercises such as this ensure our Navy is ready to respond effectively to any situation which may impact our economic livelihood.”
Whilst on deployment, the ANZAC-class frigate TE MANA, commanded by Commander Shane Arndell, will visit ports in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan, before returning to New Zealand in June. The deployment will cover a range of objectives, and will offer support to multiple Government agencies.
Fleet Replenishment Tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, commanded by Commander Sandra Walker, will join TE MANA for the first three weeks at sea. ENDEAVOUR and TE MANA will be training together in Australian waters and will provide support to both Australia and New Zealand as the on-duty regional response tanker.
“Much of the Navy’s work is conducted offshore,” says CDRE Martin.
"In the case of our fleet units it's hard to physically see the ships in action because their activities are most often focused overseas supporting our national interests, and furthering our international relationships and our commitment to regional security."
During her deployment TE MANA will be involved in intense training exercises as well as diplomatic and trade duties.
“Overseas deployments are a chance to reinforce New Zealand’s interests abroad. The Navy is not just working at sea, our presence in foreign ports lifts New Zealand’s international profile, and helps protect our national interests.”
HMNZS ENDEAVOUR sailed on Sunday 24 February, and HMNZS TE MANA the following day, Monday 25 February.
Photo: TE MANA and ENDEAVOUR on an earlier deployment