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YUAN WANG 5 AND HMNZS HAWEA AT SUVA PORT

YUAN WANG 5 AND HMNZS HAWEA AT SUVA PORT
Together in Suva yesterday ... China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) navy tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 and New Zealand navy patrol boat HMNZS Hawea on July 11, 2017. PHOTO: Vilimoni Vaganalau
July 12
11:00 2017

 

The People’s Republic of China’s tracking vessel Yuan 5 and New Zealand’s Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea are at Suva Port.

Yuan Wang 5 is the third generation tracking ship of Yuan Wang series, and entered service on September 29, 2007. Built by Jiangnan Shipyard, Yuan Wang 5 has a displacement of 25,000 tones and withstands wind scale up to 12, and performs duties in sea state 6. The general designer of both Yuan Wang 5 & 6 is Mr. Huang Wei, the general engineer of the 701st Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)

The NZDF sent Hawea to Fiji in late April to help patrol its territorial water and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) over the next six months.

Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy Captain Humphrey Tawake had earlier told the Fiji Sun that Hawea’s deployment to Fiji was a big help in protecting the South Pacific country’s maritime resources and training its Navy personnel.

“The value that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces places on New Zealand assisting us with our maritime security is such that our Prime Minister, who had co-chaired the UN Oceans Conference, mentioned in one of his speeches the work that Hawea is doing” Captain Tawake said.

HMNZS Hawea according to Captain Humphrey is currently replacing the RFNS Kikau currently in Australia for refurbishment.

Captain Humphrey yesterday said that when the RFNS Kikau returned the RFNS Kula would also go for refurbishment.

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