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Navy Ships return to sea in Hauraki Gulf

Maritime Component Commander Commodore Mat Williams said that under Covid-19 restrictions non-essential training had been postponed for the past four weeks, even though operational capability was able to be maintained while the ships were moored at Devonport Naval Base.“However, as an essential service we must be ready to respond for missions such as search and rescue, border control – including patrol of our exclusive economic zone supporting other government agencies – and humanitarian aid and disaster relief,” Commodore Williams said.Four RNZN ships will be training in the Hauraki Gulf from 28 April to 22 May.HMNZS Hawea and HMNZS Otago would be at sea for about three weeks over that period, with HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Manawanui at sea for shorter spells. Seasprite helicopters would also be participating in the training, including flying to and from the ships

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