HMNZS WELLINGTON ready for first visit to the capital

HMNZS WELLINGTON (MC 10-0297-012.jpg)

 20 September 2010

The Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS WELLINGTON, under the Command of Lieutenant Commander Simon Griffiths, will be conducting a first ever visit to her homeport this week.

HMNZS WELLINGTON will berth at Queens Wharf, No 1, Port of Wellington at 9am on Thursday 23 September 2010.

During this historic visit WELLINGTON will be involved in a Ceremony of Welcome, she will be open to the public, her officers and crew will conduct a Charter Parade through the city’s streets and host a large number of organised tours.

The Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr, will attend the Charter Parade at 1030 Saturday 25 September 2010, where the crew of WELLINGTON will march from Queens Wharf to Civic Square. At the parade the ship will be presented the Charter to the City. This allows the ship’s company the freedom to march through Wellington with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, colours flying, band playing and drums beating.

WELLINGTON will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday 26 September at Queens Wharf. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Simon Griffiths warmly invites the public of the Wellington region to tour the ship and to meet the members of the crew.

The ship will also use the visit to Wellington to launch a new association with Kimi Ora School, Thorndon. The school has been "adopted" by HMNZS WELLINGTON to build a long lasting relationship benefiting both students and crew.

The ship will depart Wellington at 5pm on Tuesday 28 September 2010.

Media Opportunities

Thursday 23 September - there are limited places available for media to sail from Seatoun Wharf into Wellington at 7am onboard HMNZS WELLINGTON

Tuesday 28 September - there are limited spaces available for media to sail with the ship for three hours to view demonstrations of HMNZS WELLINGTON’s capabilities. There are two times slots available - 8:30am to 11:30am and 1pm to 4pm.

Requests for interviews with the Commanding Officer HMNZS WELLINGTON

Requests for interviews with local Wainuiomata man Able Communications Operator Adam Young

Ship tours

Interviews with two members of the ships crew from Wellington.

Programme of Activities

Thursday 23 September 2010

0900 WELLINGTON berths in Wellington (Queens Wharf, No1)

0930-1100 Official welcome and Powhiri by Tangata Whenua on Queens Wharf

Friday 24 September 2010

0900-1200 Organised visits onboard WELLINGTON

Saturday 25 September 2010

1030-1230 Charter parade at Civic Square

1230-1400 Civic Reception at the West Court function room.

Sunday 26 September 2010

1000 Church Service at Wellington cathedral of St Paul, band in attendance

1000 - 1500 WELLINGTON will be open to the public. A sausage sizzle will be on the wharf with all proceeds going to Kimi Ora School

Monday 27 September 2010

0900-1200 Organised visits to WELLINGTON

Tuesday 27 September 2010

0830-1130 Demonstration sailings on WELLINGTON

1300-1600 Demonstration sailings on WELLINGTON

1700 WELLINGTON sails for Auckland


Pennant Number- P55

International Call sign- ZMFS

Motto- Suprema ut oim (Supreme as ever)

HMNZS WELLINGTON is the second of the Offshore Patrol Vessels to be accepted by the Royal New Zealand Navy as part of Project Protector. WELLINGTON was accepted into the fleet by the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr in May 2010, in Melbourne. She is the last of the Project Protector series of ships to be delivered following the Multi-Role Vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY, the four inshore patrol vessels and the Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS OTAGO.

WELLINGTON is affiliated with the Wellington region of New Zealand; her home port is Wellington.

The Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), OTAGO and WELLINGTON, deliver substantial new capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy.  The ships can go further offshore, stay at sea longer, and conduct more challenging operations than the Inshore Patrol Vessels, and will enable the RNZN to conduct patrol and surveillance operations around New Zealand, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.

The OPV’s are capable of many roles including maritime patrol, surveillance and response.  They have the ability to conduct helicopter operations using a Seasprite SH2G helicopter, boarding operations using the ships Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or Military Support Operations with embarked forces.

The OPV’s have strengthened hulls which enable them to enter southern waters where ice may be encountered.  They are not designed as ice-breakers or to enter Antarctic ice-packs, but have the range and capability to undertake patrols in the southern ocean where ice may be encountered.

The ships are highly automated and operate with a core crew of 35, plus 10 flight crew to operate a helicopter.  The ships power and control systems are fully computerised.


Displacement:                     1,900 tonnes
Length Overall:                    85 metres
Beam:                                   14 metres  
Range:                                  6000 nautical miles
Speed:                                  Maximum continuous 22 knots
Core ships company          35
Flight personnel:                 10
Government agencies:       4
Additional personnel:         30
Total:                                      79
Armament:                          One 25mm Bushmaster Naval gun and two .50 calibre machine guns


The Offshore Patrol Vessels will be able to operate throughout New Zealand’s 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the southern ocean and the Pacific.  They will carry out a range of roles including patrolling, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, support to peacekeeping operations and sea training for the Navy. 

Media point of contact and for registrations of interest in the media opportunities, please contact- Lieutenant Sarah Campbell - Media Adviser-Navy on 021 244 0638

Photo Caption – MC 10-0297-012 HMNZS WELLINGTON at sea.


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