'Open Ship' - Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel open to public

Media Advisory

Tuesday 24 January 2012

During the Auckland Anniversary 2012 celebrations members of the public will be able to tour one of the Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels, HMNZS OTAGO, before she undertakes her duty as the Guard Ship to start the 172nd Auckland Anniversary Day regatta.

HMNZS OTAGO will be berthed at Queen’s Wharf in Auckland City from Friday 27 January and will be open to the public on Saturday 28 January from 10am to 3pm.  Members of the public are warmly welcome to tour the ship, which was the first Navy ship in 40 years to deploy to Antarctica last year, and meet the men and women of the ship’s company.

On Monday 30 January OTAGO will then take her place in the Harbour as the Guard Ship to start the regatta and will host His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.

WHAT:           HMNZS OTAGO open to the public

:          10:00am to 3:00pm (last visitors 2:00pm) Saturday 28 January 2012

WHERE:       Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland


For further information please contact Lieutenant Commander Ange Barker, Senior Media and Communications Advisor – Navy on 021 244 0638


The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

The Offshore Patrol Vessels (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 the range and capacity to enable the RNZN to conduct patrol and surveillance operations around New Zealand, the Southern Ocean and into the Pacific.


Displacement:                       1,900 tonnes
Length Overall:                      85 metres
Beam:                                     14 metres  
Range:                                    6000 nautical miles
Speed:                                   Maximum continuous 22 knots

This page was last reviewed on 24 January 2012.