VIDEO: HMNZS TE MANA Departs on Counter-Piracy Operations

HMNZS TE MANA Departs on Counter-Piracy Operations

The frigate HMNZS TE MANA departed Devonport Naval Base on 12 August en route via Australia to counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

The ship will join a multi-national maritime security task force in November, specifically focusing on counter-piracy operations. The ship’s presence will act as deterrence to individuals attempting acts of piracy in the region.

The seven month mission also includes an intensive training period with elements of the Australian Defence Force, and participation at the International Fleet Review in Sydney in October.

The Commanding Officer, Commander Shane Arndell, is proud of the work his Ship’s Company of 177 will do on the world stage.

 “Sending HMNZS TE MANA half way around the world is part of a global effort and shows New Zealand as an international citizen, playing our part. Through the presence of warships in the area the acts of piracy have dropped over the last few years and we are proud to be a part of that.”

The ship will remain involved in the operation over the Christmas and New Year period and return home in March 2014.

Prior to her deployment TE MANA engaged in extensive preparations for the deployment, shown in the following video:

Press Release, August 13, 2013; Image: RNZN