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Meet The Fleet

The RNZN’s fleet comprises eleven modern, versatile ships that undertake a full range of maritime tasks from combat and peacekeeping operations to border patrol and support for other government agencies. 

Fleet Entry

Our Mission - Advance New Zealand's interests from the sea

 

New Zealand has the fifth largest exclusive economic zone in the world and even though the RNZN is small in size, we operate across an enormous maritime area from Antarctica to the Middle East.

The fleet range from heavily armed 3600 ton frigates to 150 ton inshore patrol vessels and are capable of patrolling in areas including the harsh and cold Southern Ocean to the warmer seas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

It’s a big job, but an important one.  Ninety-nine percent of New Zealand’s exports travel by sea and it’s the Navy’s job to ensure our nation’s trade routes stay open.


The Fleet

The fleet is organised into four forces: 

  • Combat
  • Support
  • Patrol and
  • Littoral Warfare. 

The ship's in each force have specific roles and capabilities that contribute to the wider capability of the Navy and New  Zealand Defence Force.

Combat Force

 

The Combat Force is comprised of two ANZAC class frigates:

  • HMNZS TE KAHA and
  • HMNZS TE MANA. 

The frigates provide combat capability and work with New Zealand’s friends and allies to maintain regional security.  Ships of the Naval Combat and Support Forces regularly deploy to Asia and around the globe to work with our friends and allies.  They are also capable of operating the Navy’s Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seaprite helicopters.

 

HMNZS TE KAHA Crest HMNZS TE KAHA - F77

Description: An ANZAC class frigate which is one of the key fighting units of the RNZN.
Homeport: Napier
Armament: a 5" gun, vertical launch missile system, torpedoes and a close in weapon system for protection. When deployed each Ship will have a Super Seasprite helicopter embarked from 6 Squadron.

 

HMNZS TE MANA Crest HMNZS TE MANA - F111

Description: An ANZAC class frigate which is one of the key fighting units of the RNZN.
Homeport: Tauranga
Armament: a 5" gun, vertical launch missile system, torpedoes and a close in weapon system for protection. When deployed each Ship will have a Super Seasprite helicopter embarked from 6 Squadron.

 


Support Force

The Support Force is comprised of a fleet:

  • HMNZS ENDEAVOR - replenishment tanker 
  • HMNZS CANTERBURY - amphibious and military sealift vessel
  • HMNZS MANAWANUI - diving and mine counter-measures support ship. 

HMNZS ENDEAVOUR provides replenishment capability for the fleet which enables the ships of the Combat Force to operate away from New Zealand for long periods of time. 

HMNZS CANTERBURY provides logistical and sealift capability for the Navy and New Zealand Defence Force, enabling New Zealand to respond to a wide range of emergency and disaster response situations at home and throughout the Asia and Pacific region.

HMNZS MANAWANUI provides diving and support operations and the Littoral Warfare Unit (LWU) frequently work aboard MANAWANUI.

 

HMNZS CANTERBURY CrestHMNZS CANTERBURY - L421

Description: Amphibious support and military sea lift vessel. 

Homeport: Christchurch

 

HMNZS ENDEAVOUR Crest HMNZS ENDEAVOUR - A11
Description: Tanker and logistics support.

Homeport: New Plymouth

 

 

HMNZS MANAWANUI CrestHMNZS MANAWANUI - A09
Description: The Diving Support Vessel, predominantly works around New Zealand, with the Operational Dive Team embarked.
Homeport: Whitianga

 


Patrol Force

The Patrol Force is comprised of two Offshore Patrol (OPV) and four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV):

  • HMNZS OTAGO
  • HMNZS WELLINGTON 
  • HMNZS ROTOITI
  • HMNZS HAWEA
  • HMNZS PUKAKI
  • HMNZS TAUPO

As well as military tasks the ships of the Patrol Force undertake civilian-support tasks including border and fisheries patrols, search and rescue, and provide support for the Police, Civil Defence and the Department of Conservation. 

Offshore Patrol Vessels

HMNZS OTAGO Crest HMNZS OTAGO - P148

Description: Undertake long-range patrol around New Zealand, the Pacific and Southern Oceans.
Homeport: Dunedin

 

 

HMNZS WELLINGTON Crest HMNZS WELLINGTON - P55

Description: Undertake long-range patrol around New Zealand, the Pacific and Southern Oceans.
Homeport: Wellington

Inshore Patrol Vessels

HMNZS ROTOITI CrestHMNZS ROTOITI - P3569

Description: Conduct border patrol, maritime surveillance and interdiction in support of civil agencies.

Homeport:

 

 

HMNZS HAWEA Crest HMNZS HAWEA - P3571

Description: Conduct border patrol, maritime surveillance and interdiction in support of civil agencies..

Homeport: Greymouth/Westport

 

 

HMNZS PUKAKI Crest HMNZS PUKAKI - P3568

Description: Conduct border patrol, maritime surveillance and interdiction in support of civil agencies.

Homeport: Nelson

 

 

HMNZS TAUPO Crest HMNZS TAUPO - P3570

Description: Conduct border patrol, maritime surveillance and interdiction in support of civil agencies.

Homeport: Whangarei

 


  Littoral Warfare

 

HMNZS Matataua CrestHMNZS MATATAUA - LWU

Description: The purpose of the LWU is to ensure access to and the use of harbours, inshore waters and associated coastal zones. The component parts of the LWU can be quickly assembled into a composite force and deployed by sea, land or air.

Homeport: Whakatane

 


Naval Aviation

RNZAF 6 Squadron - Seasprite
Description: Naval aviation comprises a mix of Navy and Air Force personnel who operate and maintain a fleet of ten Supper Seasprite SN-2G(I) helicopters, known as No 6 Squadron. No. 6 Squadron is based at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai. 


Future Capability

The Navy is always planning for and introducing new capability.  Some of the projects are to enhance the capability of existing ships, while others involve purchasing new ships and aircraft.

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