HMNZS Wellington (P55)

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HMNZS Wellington first arrival into Devonport Naval Base, June 2010
Career (New Zealand)
Namesake: HMNZS Wellington (F69)
Ordered: 29 July 2004
Builder: Tenix[1]
Homeport: Wellington[2]
Fate: Commissioned
General characteristics
Class & type: Protector class off-shore patrol vessel
Displacement: 1600 tonnes[1]
Length: 85 m (279 ft)[1]
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)[1]
Draught: 3.6 m (12 ft)
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[1]
Economical speed 12 knots
Loiter speed 4-10 knots
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi)[1]
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × RHIB (7.74m) or
1 × special forces RHIB (11m)
Capacity: 30 passengers[1]
1 × sea container
1 × 15 tonne crane aft
Complement: 35 + 10 flight personnel + 4 personnel from Government agencies[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Optical fire control
Armament: 1 × remote controlled MSI DS25 Stabilized Naval Mount with 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon
2 × M2HB .50 calibre machine guns
Small arms
Armour: None
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,[1] 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.[3] 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.

The ship is named in honour of HMNZS Wellington (F69), a Leander class frigate serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1987 until 1999.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Project Protector: Protecting New Zealand's interests at sea and across the region" (Press release). Royal New Zealand Navy. 2004. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Navy names seven new ships" (Press release). Royal New Zealand Navy. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ Gower, Patrick (11 December 2008). "Navy ships project hard to keep afloat". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 

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