HMNZS Te Mana Returns From Asia-Pacific Engagement

November 9, 2018 – Families and friends crammed the wharf at Devonport Naval Base this morning to welcome back the 176 crewmembers of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Mana, who returned from a five-month engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. Te Mana and its crew left in June to conduct defense engagement activities in five countries across the region. The ship also took part in four international exercises as part of its deployment. The first of these exercises was the biennial Rim of the Pacific, the world’s…

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HMNZS Te Mana Begins Southeast Asia Engagement

September 23, 2018 – The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Mana has visited the eastern Malaysian city of Sandakan to begin the Southeast Asian leg of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) five-month engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. “New Zealand values our relationships and defense cooperation with countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially the practical military-military activity that occurs under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus framework,” Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said. “Te Mana’s visits to Malaysia,…

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Three’s company for Commonwealth Navies

Ships representing three of Her Majesty’s Navies have practiced a number of maritime evolutions on their way to war games in Hawaii. HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Success were joined by HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively as the Joint Task Group transited towards Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018), a large-scale multinational maritime exercise. All five ships used their transit in company to sharpen their skills ahead of RIMPAC 2018 by conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvres,…

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NZDF to Participate in World’s Largest Maritime Military Exercise

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending a warship, three aircraft, and more than 300 personnel to take part in the world’s largest international maritime military exercise. Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, scheduled from 27 June to 2 August around Hawaii and southern California. New Zealand’s contingent includes the frigate HMNZS Te Mana, specialist divers from HMNZS Matataua, an air surveillance and reconnaissance force…

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NZDF to Strengthen Engagement in Asia-Pacific

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has deployed Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana to the Asia-Pacific over the next five months, as it seeks to strengthen engagement with countries in the region. Commander Lisa Hunn, the Commanding Officer of Te Mana, said the ship would take part in several international exercises as part of its deployment. “Participating in joint military exercises provides great training opportunities for the ship’s crew members and also helps build trust through cooperation with other regional military forces,” she said. In the first…

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Warships set sail for major exercise

Two submarines, ten ships and embarked aircraft have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney bound for war games off the east coast of Australia. The second iteration of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will once again feature a complex web of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, all designed to challenge the Navy’s top warfighters to achieve sea control. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said this year’s OCEAN EXPLORER was about building on the success of last year. “Last year’s Ocean Explorer saw the certification of a Sea Control Task…

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Naval Task Group To Visit Australia, Asia

 Dated February 5, 2017 (released February 21, 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…

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International friendships strengthened in crisis

HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise Ngatahi. February 10, 2017 – The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year. Exercise NGA TAHI sought to strengthen relations and refine common operating procedures between the participating nations. Australian submarine HMAS Dechaineux exercised for three days with Anzac frigates, HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Te Mana, HMCS Vancouver and a P-3K2 Orion from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Scenarios escalated from basic tracking exercises to whole-of-force protection of…

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