12 August 2013
HMNZS TE MANA
The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA departed Devonport Naval Base this morning on her way to counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
The Ship will join a multi-national maritime security task force by December this year, specifically focusing on counter-piracy operations. The ship’s presence will act as deterrence to individuals attempting acts of piracy in the region.
The seven month mission also includes an intensive training period with elements of the Australian Defence Force, and participation at the International Fleet Review in Sydney in
Commanding Officer, Commander Shane Arndell, is proud of the work his crew of 177 people will do on the world stage.
"Sending HMNZS TE MANA half way around the world is part of a global effort and shows New Zealand as an international citizen, playing our part. Through the presence of warships in the area the acts of piracy have dropped over the last few years and we are proud to be a part of that."
The ship will remain involved in the Operation over the Christmas and New Year period and return home in March 2014.
"We can e-mail home every day, we can Facebook from sea and in port we can Skype family and friends, so we can stay in touch and ring home which helps. One of my jobs as Commanding Officer is to ensure the well-being and morale of the crew so we monitor that well."
To see a video of TE MANA preparing for deployment check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IU0WNvMw1w&feature=youtu.be
For more information contact Lieutenant Commander Ange Barker, Senior Media Advisor (Navy) on 021 244 0638