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HMNZS Te Kaha in joint exercise in Japan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

The crew of the HMNZS Te Kaha is preparing to hunt submarines in Japanese waters.

The frigate will join the Japanese destroyer JS Inazuma, the Canadian frigates HMCS Winnipeg and Ottawa, and United States Navy ships and aircraft in Exercise Pacific Guardian.

The four-day exercise south of Shikoku island begins on Thursday and involves detecting, tracking and conducting simulated attacks on enemy submarines.

"It is an opportunity to demonstrate and progress our defence co-operation with partner navies by training together at a tactical level," Te Kaha Commanding Officer Steve Lenik said.

Te Kaha will send a crew member to serve as liaison officer on the Japanese destroyer and will host a US Navy officer on board.

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