HMNZS Te Kaha Trains with Seychelles Coast Guard
Her Majesty New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha, (TEK) New-Zealand’s first ANZAC class frigate, to be engaged in Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), was recently in Seychelles to work with the Seychelles Coast Guard, (SCG).
This was part of the Task Force Maritime Security Operations training to constantly improve interoperability between allied maritime forces as well as to enhance their maritime security capabilities.
Seychelles and New Zealand are both part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which is the coalition which works together to ensure maritime security throughout the region. The Seychelles participate in combined training with many CMF ships. As a matter of fact, last month, SCG led several interactions with both CTF-150 Flagship French Ship (FS) Var and HMAS Newcastle, from the Australian Navy.
Seychelles is a full member of the Coalition Maritime Forces (CMF) and is situated in the middle of significant sea lanes, adjacent to historic pirate and narcotic smuggling areas. Her growing Coast Guard is well placed to have a major impact on maritime security in the Indian Ocean.
Among the different combined trainings and workshops led TEK and SCG were joint boarding exercises, Maritime Security and Joint Planning Workshop, Marine Engineering and Damage Control / Fire Fighting, and coastal surveillance.