HMNZS TAUPO visits Gisborne

HMNZS TAUPO at sea (MC-09-0313-002)

26 August 2010

The fourth of the new Inshore Patrol Vessels, HMNZS TAUPO, will be in Gisborne this weekend and will be open to the public. 

Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Clarkson warmly invites the public of the Gisborne region to tour the ship and to meet the members of the crew. TAUPO will be open to the public.

When: Sunday, 29 August 2010 at 1pm to 3pm 

Where: No. 6 Berth, Ports of Gisborne


The Inshore Patrol Vessels are specifically designed to undertake a range of tasks for several Government agencies including Customs, Ministry of Fisheries, DoC, Police, MFAT, NZDF and Maritime New Zealand. They enhance the Navy's recruitment and retention as these ships frequent ports around the NZ coast.

Please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell - Media Adviser- Navy on 021 244 0638 for further information.

Particulars of HMNZS TAUPO

Pennant Number:  P3570
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 
 Additional personnel: 12 
                              Total: 36

Commanding Officer  – Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Clarkson
Executive Officer   – Lieutenant Kiel Wakeham

Ship Information

The IPVs are versatile vessels capable of multi-agency operations in support of national security tasks.
At 55 metres long and with a contracted 3000-nautical mile range (although the sea trials show that the range is likely to be in the region of 7000nm which is double the contracted requirement), they will contribute significantly to the patrolling of New Zealand’s 15,000km coastline, and our Exclusive Economic Zone out to 200 nautical miles. The primary role of the IPVs will be patrol and response to maritime security incidents within the inshore zone around New Zealand.

In addition to patrolling, an IPV’s tasks will include surveillance, response and boarding operations, and search and rescue. Secondary roles for the IPVs will be in New Zealand disaster relief and defence aid to the civil community.

The IPVs will have a complement of 20 naval personnel and four Government agency officers. They also have the capacity to host 14 additional personnel onboard for general naval training or other duties.

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