Home­com­ing for Hawea

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The navy ship HMNZS Hawea ar­rived home to the Auck­land Har­bour, af­ter 84 days pro­tect­ing and pa­trolling Fi­jian wa­ters. A home­com­ing party, made up of fam­ily and friends, gath­ered at the Devon­port Naval base on Novem­ber 10.

The New Zealand De­fence Force sent the Hawea to Fiji in late April, to help pa­trol the south­west Pa­cific ter­ri­to­rial wa­ter, which en­com­passes more than 1.1 mil­lion square kilo­me­tres.

Op­er­a­tion Wa­sawasa saw the Hawea board 550 ves­sels and de­tect 110 al­leged in­fringe­ments, in seven months.

Lieu­tenant Brock West, the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Hawea, said around 60 per cent of the to­tal al­leged in­fringe­ments de­tected were con­sid­ered ma­jor breaches.

The in­fringe­ments were for: no li­cence, dis­card­ing rub­bish, safety in­fringe­ments, il­le­gal fish­ing prac­tices, and ex­pired im­mi­gra­tion visas.

The Hawea’s to­tal time at sea was manned by two crews. In April, the first crew left from New Zealand led by Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Dave Luhrs. In Au­gust, a sec­ond crew re­lieved them, led by West.

To ac­knowl­edge the first crew, the HMNZS Taupo fol­lowed the Hawea into the har­bour on Novem­ber 10. Hawea’s de­ploy­ment to Fiji marks the first time the Navy has de­ployed to the south Pa­cific, ful­fill­ing their of­fer to help Fiji in mar­itime sur­veil­lance.

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The navy’s Hawea pa­trolling the wa­ters in the south­west Pa­cific.

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