Friday 18 February 2011
ANZAC Frigates HMNZ Ships TE MANA and TE KAHA are deploying on Monday to take part in Exercise Triton Storm 2011 with the Royal Australian Navy.
This exercise period, held annually, will involve 340 personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy and will test the ships in a number of combat areas. Having recently completed main engine upgrades, both ships are fully operational and ready to make a substantial contribution to this exercise.
The exercises will test the ships combat and weapon systems in order to prove the ships readiness for security and defence operations.
Exercise Triton Storm is based off the coast of Fremantle and the New Zealand ships will be training with HMA Ships PARRAMATTA and BALLARAT.
HMNZ Ships TE MANA and TE KAHA will be sailing up Waitemata Harbour in formation at 1330 on Monday, 21 February 2011. The ships will on the eastern side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The ships will depart in formation from the bridge at 1330 and sail out of the Waitemata Harbour.
TE KAHA and TE MANA’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.
Our Frigates TE MANA and TE KAHA are capable of operating around the Pacific and Asia or globally to protect New Zealand’s interests. In recent years New Zealand’s frigates have undertaken missions to the Persian Gulf and operated throughout Asia and the Pacific.
Please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell - Media Adviser- Navy on 021 244 0638 for further information.