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HMNZS Rotoiti Arrives At The Devonport Naval Base

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24 April 2009 - The newest member of the Naval Fleet, In Shore Vessel HMNZS ROTOITI - Pennant Number P3569 - berthed at Devonport Naval Base early this afternoon.

Onboard HMNZS ROTOITI, the Commanding Officer is Devonport man Lieutenant Alistair McHaffie and Executive Officer (second in command) is Lieutenant Fraser Toulmin from Napier.

HMNZS ROTOITI is affiliated to the Hawkes Bay region and her Lady Sponsor is Her Worship the Mayor of Napier, Barbara Arnott - this homeport affiliation reflects the special relationship with the Navy that stretches back to the 1931 earthquake.

Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson, who was on the delivery voyage said, "The delivery of these ships reflects a lot of hard work by the New Zealand Defence Force, in particular the Navy, and the Ministry of Defence."

"The IPVs will be very capable ships and they will provide increased opportunities for our Sailors, both in the Regular and Naval Volunteer Reserve Forces , to have new and exciting challenges and experiences. Importantly, too, they will enable the Navy to make a wider contribution both to New Zealand in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and further a field; particularly in the South Pacific." RADM Ledson said.

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