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Lieutenant Dave Luhrs (left), the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, with some of the ship’s crew. The New Zealand Defence Force is sending Hawea to Fiji to help patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone over the next six months.

NZDF to Help Patrol Fiji's Waters

The Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea is bound for Fiji to help patrol the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) over the next six months.

The deployment was announced by Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee earlier this month.

“As part of our renewed engagement with Fiji, we will be conducting maritime surveillance and supporting the Fijian Navy’s capability development,” Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said.

“The fisheries patrols aim to support effective fisheries management and contribute to efforts to enhance maritime surveillance in the South-west Pacific.”

Read the full press release here



Remembrance for Navy Chaplain on Western Front

Chaplain Pete Olds has officiated in Anzac Day services in China, Timor and New Caledonia and New Zealand, and now he has added France and Belgium to the list.

Chaplain Olds has travelled to Europe as part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) contingent for the 2017 Anzac Day commemorations on the Western Front.

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Chaplain Pete Olds is conducting several commemorative services in France and Belgium

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