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HMNZS Taupo Tracks Shipping Vessels, Assists Other Agencies

HMNZS Taupo Tracks Shipping Vessels, Assists Other Agencies
HMNZS Taupo.
July 04
10:00 2018

 

HMNZS Taupo’s operations include surveillance and reconnaissance around the New Zealand and now currently the Fijian coastline.

It’s other operations include counter terrorism, search and rescue, interception and boarding, apprehension and escort of vessels, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, support for the other government agencies, including Police, Primary Industries, Customs and Department of Conservation, Replenishment by helicopter, Pollution Patrol and Sea Training for the Navy.

“We are now assisting in locating, tracking shipping vessels in the Fiji waters and assisting Fiji Fisheries Department and Fiji Revenue Customs Services (FRCS) personnel in boarding and inspecting any vessel they deemed necessary to do so,” HMNZS Taupo Second in Command Lieutenant Ethan Moser said in Lautoka last week.

HMNZS Taupo was patrolling Fiji’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last week from the Lautoka wharf.

Fiji Sun was part of their surveillance trip in the west last week.

EEZ is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind.

HMNZS Taupo, P3570, is the last of the four IPVs that was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy back on May 29, 2009.

Currently undertaking its primary mission to ensure the prosperity of Fijians HMNZS Taupo is undertaking maritime security patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and response to search and rescue call-outs.

According to the Royal New Zealand Navy, the vessel was conceived as part of, Project Protector and it was built in Whangarei by BAE Systems Australia formerly known as Tennix Shipbuilding.

HMNZS Taupo Second in Command Lieutenant Moser said their ship like all IPVs have an automated control and navigations systems, powerful engines, modern communications and surveillance systems, active stabilizers and comfortable accommodations.

“The length of the ship is 55meters, its width or beam is nine metres has a range of 3000 nautical miles at 25 knots,” he said.

HMNZS Taupo was named by launch lady, Her excellency Lady Susan Satyanand and is affiliated to the Whangarei/Northland region.

A Royal New Zealand Navy stated that the ship’s badge features the double hulled canoe, which brought the Te Arawa people to New Zealand, who eventually settled in the area which includes Lake Taupo.

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