HMNZS Taupo (2008)

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HMNZS Taupo, Protector class IPV
New Zealand
Name: HMNZS Taupo
Namesake: Lake Taupo
Builder: Tenix Shipbuilding (NZ) Ltd
Launched: 23 August 2008
Christened: 23 August 2008
Commissioned: 29 May 2009
Homeport: Devonport Naval Base
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Protector-class inshore patrol boat
Displacement: 340 t (335 long tons) loaded
Length: 55 m (180 ft 5 in)
Beam: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Draught: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
  • Baseline speed 25 knots (46 km/h)
  • Economical speed 12 knots (22 km/h)
  • Loiter speed 4-7 knots
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km)
Complement: 20 (+2) Navy, 4 Govt. agency officers, 12 additional personnel
  • 3 × 12.75 mm machine guns, mounted forward and two either side of the funnel
  • Small arms

HMNZS Taupo is a Protector-class inshore patrol boat of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Taupo was delivered to the Ministry of Defence on the 28 May 2009 and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 29 May 2009. Taupo is the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after Lake Taupo.

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