20 March 2013
The Navy’s replenishment tanker, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, will visit New Plymouth over the period Friday 22 – Monday 25 March, marking the Ship’s first visit to her home port in over two years. ENDEAVOUR’s last visit to New Plymouth was in October 2010.
"It’s been a while since we’ve visited New Plymouth, so it’s good to be heading home. We love the opportunity to visit, and get involved with the local community," says commanding officer, Commander (CDR) Walker.
The visit to New Plymouth is the final activity planned for the Ship, which has been deployed for the last month exercising on Australia’s east coast in company with the frigates HMNZS TE MANA and HMAS NEWCASTLE.
Under CDR Walker's command, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR has big plans to engage with the local community during their visit.
The crew of 52 officers and sailors will all be involved at different times, catering for or hosting dinner, running tours of the ship for school students and sea cadets, undertaking charity work, and engaging with members of the local RSA ashore.
His Worship the Mayor will attend "Dinner on the Flightdeck" along with local dignitaries and the parents of Leading Medic (LMED) Catriona Linders, who hails from New Plymouth.
Five local school students will be involved in the production of the meal onboard ENDEAVOUR. As CDR Walker explains, "The dinner has an interesting format. Instead of our four Navy chefs and two stewards working independently, our head chef POCH Tyson Job will join us for dinner. Our remaining chefs and stewards will work with five local students to produce the four course meal.
"This allows five local school students the opportunity to work in a ship’s galley alongside City and Guild qualified Navy chefs and stewards and to serve a meal fit for the Mayor."
Another highlight of the Ship’s visit is their planned charity work. Over the years sailors from ENDEAVOUR have built sheds, cleaned paths and cleared gardens at the IHC unit at Waitara.
"During this visit our crew is looking forward to helping out with a raised garden project and making a personal donation, with Australian money collected over the period the sailors were ashore enjoying Sydney," says CDR Walker. This activity continues to foster a long-term relationship ENDEAVOUR has enjoyed with IDEA services.
ENDEAVOUR will depart Monday 25 March and passage to Devonport Naval Base, returning there for maintenance and survey requirements which will be undertaken over the coming months.
HMNZS ENDEAVOUR offers logistics support to carry fuel and supplies to sustain naval operations to other units operating in remote locations globally. ENDEAVOUR supports RNZN, Commonwealth and Allied surface units.
ENDEAVOUR carries 7,000 tonnes of fuel in four tanks and can resupply ships whilst alongside in overseas ports or at sea. She can also provide aviation fuel to helicopters and conduct in flight refuelling while underway. Food supplies are carried in four containers on deck, two of which are refrigerated.
ENDEAVOUR is planned to be replaced in 2018 to ensure continuity of maritime protection and sustainment capability in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
For further information or requests for interviews, please contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall on 021 244 0638.