The New Zealand Navy was in town, represented by HMNZS ‘TE KAHA’ and I was lucky to get an invitation to come on board for a visit. The hospitality of CO Andy Grant and his crew was unsurpassed. We had a chance to have a look around almost all parts of this modern and compact war ship. After the tour of the ship we were treated to coffee and cake, and had the opportunity to meet Maritime Component Commander, Commodore David Anson.
The ‘TE KAHA’ and her sister ship ‘TE MANA’ are built on the German MEKO 200 design. There are now ten frigates in the ANZAC class, eight in Australia and two in New Zealand.