The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) sealift and amphibious support ship HMNZS Canterbury conducted an amphibious landing at Titirangi Bay and Okiwi Bay in Marlborough as part of NZDF’s largest military exercise, Exercise Southern Katipo 2015.
Ex Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15) is a combined, joint, international training field exercise focused on developing, exercising and evaluating the NZDF’s independent amphibious capabilities and ability to project forces anywhere in the South West Pacific. SK15 provides the opportunity to ensure continual preparedness to operate independently or with our coalition partners. The scenario involves a fictional South West Pacific country that has requested international intervention to restore law and order. The scenario allows for an emphasis on amphibious operations within the context of a larger stability and security operation.