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TE MANA to take part in Anti-Piracy patrol

TE MANA on patrol in the Arabian Gulf in 2008

HMNZS TE MANA will be taking part in international anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman from late 2013.  TE MANA will join the Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which is the multinational task group designed to combat piracy in the region.

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean region affects all countries with shipping trade going through the Suez Canal.  New Zealand has a direct interest in supporting the maritime security taskforce and protecting shipping lanes, with a large volume of our trade carried by shipping.

Right: Boat crew from HMNZS TE MANA undertake inspection of dhow while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 2008.

The frigate will be part of the maritime security taskforce for three months from November this year, after having a work-up period in Australia. A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft will deploy with the CMF for three months from mid-2014.

A boat crew will also deploy shortly with the Australian frigate HMAS MELBOURNE to the region.

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