HMNZS WELLINGTON Proceeds to High Seas
New Zealand Navy warship HMNZS WELLINGTON returned to the high seas on Wednesday after receiving the green light from Navy assessors.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel spent eight months alongside at Devonport Naval Base, as part of a plan that allowed the Navy time to train and rest key personnel.
WELLINGTON has completed three weeks of sea training, which culminated in a week-long assessment to prove the ship is ready and capable to proceed to sea. The final readiness evaluation was a challenging 48 hours where the crew of WELLINGTON were put through their paces.
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR) Phillip Rowe, says his 51-person crew have been working hard since January to get the ship prepared for operational duties.
“The crew have come together as a team, and are working well together. I firmly believe that WELLINGTON and our ship’s company will be ready for any challenges we might face over the coming months.”
LTCDR Rowe said the crew were well prepared for their first operational deployment, a multi-agency maritime surveillance patrol to the Kermadec Islands.
“The ship sails on Wednesday 10 April. The crew are excited about getting back to sea, and looking forward to contributing to the Navy’s operational taskings.”
The Kermadec Islands mission is to provide support to the Department of Conservation, NZ MetService and GNS Science, transporting staff and supplies to outposts at Macauley and Raoul Islands. The ship will also conduct maritime surveillance of New Zealand’s waters en route.
“For many of the crew, this is their first time serving in an OPV. We have focused as a team on getting ready for this, and now we can enjoy our programmed deployments around New Zealand and into the South Pacific.”
Naval Today Staff, April 12, 2013; Image: RNZN