Mighty warship open to public

Arrival of HMAS Anzac and Arunta with a host of RNZN Ships

HMNZS TE KAHA during a Fleet Entry into Auckland Harbour (MC 10-0076-006)

1 December 2010

The Anzac Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA will be in Timaru from 3 to 6 December 2010.

TE KAHA has spent a month participating in exercises off Eastern Australia working alongside HMA ships DARWIN, BALLARAT AND STUART.

While in Timaru, the ship will be open to the public.

What: HMNZS TE KAHA will be open to the public.

When: Saturday, 4 December 2010.

Time: The ship will open at 11:00am and last visitors at 2:30pm.

Where: The ship will be berthed at No1 Wharf, Port of Timaru.


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:                        177 Officers and 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

The first of the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) ANZAC class frigates, TE KAHA was launched in Melbourne on 22 July 1995, and commissioned in Auckland exactly two years later. 

TE KAHA's assets include weaponry, radars, sonar and electronic monitoring systems. The combined diesel or gas turbine propulsion system gives her both long range endurance and high speed capability when needed.

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.  By 2007 they will also operate off the two new Offshore Patrol Vessels and the Multi Role Vessel.

TE KAHA is built to the German MEKO 200 Class design.  Sections of the ship were built separately (some in New Zealand) and then combined to produce the final product. There are now ten in the ANZAC class, eight Australian and two New Zealand ships.


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This page was last reviewed on 16 January 2011.