HMNZS Wellington (P55)
HMNZS Wellington first arrival into Devonport Naval Base, June 2010
|Namesake:||HMNZS Wellington (F69)|
|Ordered:||29 July 2004|
|Status:||Active as of 2015|
|Class and type:||Protector class off-shore patrol vessel|
|Length:||85 m (279 ft)|
|Beam:||14 m (46 ft)|
|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|
|Range:||6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi)|
|Boats & landing
|Complement:||35 + 10 flight personnel + 4 personnel from Government agencies|
|Optical fire control|
|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, 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 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. 
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