11 December 2013
Members of HMNZS TE MANA carry out routine patrols off the coast of Somalia.
The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA has arrived off the coast of Somalia to conduct counter-piracy operations as part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151).
CMF is a multi-national naval partnership established to promote maritime security, stability, and prosperity in a large area of international waters. CTF-151 focuses specifically on counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden region and off the eastern coast of Somalia.
TE MANA’s deployment to CTF-151 is part of the New Zealand Defence Force’s contribution to CMF counter-piracy efforts in 2013-2014.
The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander (CDR) Shane Arndell, said that it was great to be getting on with the job.
“Everyone onboard is pleased to finally be on task doing the job they have worked so hard to prepare for since leaving home in August. We are all looking forward to the challenges in the coming months,” he said.
The frigate’s versatility and capability has been demonstrated early in her first patrol with the SH-2G Seasprite helicopter carrying out surveillance, the rigid hull inflatable boats and boarding party busy conducting boarding operations, and personnel on board keeping a watch on activities in its assigned area.
“The Somali fishermen we have encountered have been very happy to see CMF warships in their waters as it makes them feel more secure from piracy attacks,” CDR Arndell said.
TE MANA has also demonstrated her capability for sustained operations by conducting a recent replenishment at sea with USNS JOHN HUMPHRIES, enabling her to remain on-task without going into port to resupply. This is a vital capability for effective maritime operations in counter-piracy.
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