HMNZS Wellington (P55)
HMNZS Wellington first arrival into Devonport Naval Base, June 2010
|Career (New Zealand)|
|Namesake:||HMNZS Wellington (F69)|
|Ordered:||29 July 2004|
|Class & type:||Protector class off-shore patrol vessel|
|Propulsion:||2 × MAN B&W 12RK280 diesel engines, each with a continuous rating of 5,400 kW at 1,000 rpm|
|Speed:||Baseline speed 22 knots
Economical speed 12 knots
Loiter speed 4-10 knots
|Boats & landing
|2 × RHIB (7.74m) or
1 × special forces RHIB (11m)
1 × sea container
1 × 15 tonne crane aft
|Complement:||35 + 10 flight personnel + 4 personnel from Government agencies|
|Optical fire control|
|Armament:||1 × remote controlled MSI DS25 Stabilized Naval Mount with 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon
2 × M2HB .50 calibre machine guns
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopter. Can be armed with a combination of homing torpedoes, depth charges, Maverick Air to Surface missiles, M60 Machine Gun.|
HMNZS Wellington (P-55) is a Protector class off-shore patrol vessel in the Royal New Zealand Navy. The ship was built by Tenix as part of the New Zealand government's Royal New Zealand Navy plans, and was originally expected to enter service during the winter of 2008. However, in late 2008, it became known that the vessel was considered "sub-standard", and did not fulfill a number of specifications, such as being 100 tonnes overweight, making it unfit for Antarctic duties. The future crew that was already stationed with the vessel was sent back to New Zealand after the ship returned to Melbourne, until the dispute with the contractor was resolved. Wellington was accepted into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 6 May 2010 and arrived at the Devonport (Auckland) Naval Base the following month. The ship was also involved in the recent search for the crewmembers of the 47 ft. yacht the Berserk, but had to turn back due to the weather which the captain called the worst storm he had ever seen in 19 years. During that mission the ship lost three 50-person life rafts of which one was discovered by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel the MY Steve Irwin.
- "Project Protector: Protecting New Zealand's interests at sea and across the region" (Press release). Royal New Zealand Navy. 2004. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- "Navy names seven new ships" (Press release). Royal New Zealand Navy. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Gower, Patrick (11 December 2008). "Navy ships project hard to keep afloat". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
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