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NZ Navy at Singapore Navy review

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017

© Rex Images The Royal New Zealand Navy has two ships taking part in the Republic of Singapore Navy's first-ever international maritime review.

HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Endeavour are among 30 ships from 20 countries taking part in the review on Monday to mark the RSN's 50th anniversary.

Vessels from Australia, China, Japan, Russia and the United States are also taking part.

Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin, who is attending the event, says the two navies have worked together very successfully for many years.

A New Zealand naval officer commanded one of the RSN's ships in the early years, and both navies train and conduct operations together, particularly counter-piracy work.

"I am looking forward to presenting the RSN with a tewhatewha (a Maori weapon) as a birthday gift, one which also acknowledges their role as a leader in regional naval affairs," he says.

Te Kaha and Endeavour have just participated in a multilateral sea exercise with western Pacific navies.

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