HMNZS Wellington (P55)

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HMNZS Wellington first arrival into Devonport Naval Base, June 2010
New Zealand
Namesake: HMNZS Wellington (F69)
Ordered: 29 July 2004
Builder: Tenix[1]
Homeport: Wellington[2]
Status: Active as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Protector class off-shore patrol vessel
Displacement: 1900 tonnes[3]
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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1 × remote controlled Rafael Typhoon 25 mm stabilised naval gun
  • 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, MAG58M 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.[4] 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 search for the crewmembers of the 47 ft. yacht Berserk in 2012, 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 MY Steve Irwin.

On January 14, 2015, Wellington intercepted three fishing vessels, the Songhua the Kunlun and the YongDing, who were allegedly fishing illegally in Antarctic waters. The fishing vessels refused to be boarded and poor weather and sea conditions prevented the Wellington from forcing the issue. [5][6]

Wellington was involved in seabed surveys off Kaikoura after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

The ship is named in honour of HMNZS Wellington (F69), a Leander class frigate serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1982 until 1999.[2]


Both HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington have recently gone through minor upgrades, including sensors and weapons. Replacing the 25mm Bushmaster to the Rafael Typhoon 25 mm stabilised naval gun. [7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "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. ^ Wellington - P55 RNZN website. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ Gower, Patrick (11 December 2008). "Navy ships project hard to keep afloat". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Davison, Isaac (14 January 2015). "NZ Navy in standoff with fishing vessels". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Field, Michael; Vance, Andrea (16 January 2015). "Toothfish poachers fly false flags". Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Ridzwan, Rahmat. "New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials". IHS Janes 360. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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