05 February 2017
A Naval Task Group is departing New Zealand for an extensive deployment to Australia and then Asia to participate in exercises, undertake port visits and attend the Republic of Singapore’s International Naval Review.
The Naval Task Group, consisting of the frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana, along with the naval tanker HMNZS Endeavour are leaving New Zealand on Tuesday for Australia to take part in Exercise Ocean Explorer.
From Australia HMNZS Te Kaha and Endeavour will then head to Asia next month to take part in various activities, including a number of port visits in both South East Asia and North Asia.
The deployment will conclude in late July, with the vessels returning to New Zealand in early August.
The commander of the Naval Task Group, Commander Steve Lenik, said the NZDF had operated in Asia for decades and he was looking forward to the deployment, which would take the two vessels and their crews to some 10 countries, major exercises, and a major anniversary event in Singapore.
“The NZDF has ongoing engagement with countries in the region, and we routinely take part in various activities in the region. Our naval personnel are looking forward to this deployment.
“It offers a great opportunity to further deepen our engagement with countries across the region, including training with defence partners and friends so we are able to work more effectively together in future.”
The Naval Task Group is scheduled to take part in the annual Five Power Defence Arrangement Exercise Bersama Shield during the deployment.
The ships will also take part in the Republic of Singapore’s International Naval Review and International Maritime Defence Exhibition.
Port visits are planned to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.