MC 10-0205-095: HMNZS TAUPO at sea with the sun setting behind it.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Inshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS TAUPO, will be open to the public as part of the Port Nelson Annual Open Day during its visit to Nelson this weekend.
Lieutenant Luke Taylor, the recently appointed Commanding Officer of HMNZS TAUPO, warmly invites the public of the Nelson region to tour the ship and to meet the members of the crew. TAUPO will be open to the public:
When: Sunday 13 February 2011 from 10am to 3pm
Where: Coastal Berth, Port Nelson
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.
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 include surveillance, response and boarding operations, and search and rescue. Secondary roles for the IPVs are in New Zealand disaster relief and defence aid to the civil community.
The IPVs 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.