Source: New Zealand Defence Force
1 May 2020
Training by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is underway in the Hauraki Gulf.
HMNZ Ships Manawanui, Otago and Hawea are part of the training which runs until 22 May.
Maintaining readiness, especially during times of emergency, is business as usual for the New Zealand Defence Force.
As an essential service, the New Zealand Defence Force must be ready to carry out search and rescue, border control – including patrol of our exclusive economic zone supporting other government agencies – and humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
The ships’ crews are complying with national COVID-19 requirements, with medical screening, physical distancing, increased hygiene measures and more rigorous and regular on-board cleaning routines.