1 April 2009
Taking a short break from a very busy sea training period, the Navy's Seamanship and Navigational Training ship, HMNZS KAHU, is visiting Whitianga this weekend, berthing at 2:00 pm on Friday 3 April 2009.
Commanding Officer of KAHU, Northland man Lieutenant Muzz Kennett, and his crew of 16 warmly invite the public of Whitianga and surrounding districts to visit the ship when she is open to the public over the weekend as follows:
Saturday 4 April from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday 5 April from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
HMNZS KAHU A04
Standard Displacement: 91 tonnes
Length Overall: 27 metres
Beam: 6.1 metres
Draught: 2.4 metres
Speed: 12 knots
Range: 1,000 nautical miles
Complement: 18 (composition changes with training requirements)
Propulsion: Two Cummins diesels (710 hp)
Armament: 1 x 50 cal machine gun.
HMNZS KAHU is attached to the Royal New Zealand Naval College as the basic seamanship and navigation training vessel.
KAHU is similar in hull form to the inshore survey and inshore patrol craft. She was built by the same shipbuilding firm (Whangarei Engineering Company) and launched in 1978.
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