Crew of HMNZS Te Kaha arrive home

  • 02/08/2015
The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha  crew arrive in Devonport (New Zealand Defence Force)
The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha crew arrive in Devonport (New Zealand Defence Force)

Having attended the Gallipoli centenary, patrolled for narcotics in the Indian Ocean and participated in a massive war games exercise, the crew of the HMNZS Te Kaha will arrive back home for some well-deserved rest.

The frigate and a tanker, the HMNZS Endeavour, will arrive back in Auckland's Devonport Naval Base to a gun salute and a helicopter flyover today.

The Te Kaha left New Zealand waters in mid-February to attend World War I commemorations in Turkey.

It also took part in a Combined Maritime Forces counter-narcotics patrol during which $235 million worth of drugs were seized from smugglers in the west Indian Ocean.

But if that didn't keep the crew busy enough, the ship then participated in the largest war-games exercise between Australia and the US on its way home, which included 30,000 troops, 200 aircraft and 21 ships in July.

The welcoming ceremony begins at 9.40am and more than 1000 people are expected to attend.

NZN