HMNZS Wellintgon Open Day, Wellington City, Sunday 26 Sep 2010
HMNZS Wellington is an Offshore Patrol Craft: navy.mil.nz/visit-the-fleet/well/default.htm
Or in brief:
WELLINGTON - P55
The Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) HMNZS OTAGO and WELLINGTON deliver substantial new capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy. The ships can go further offshore, stay at sea longer, and conduct more challenging operations than the Inshore Patrol Vessels, and will enable the RNZN to conduct patrol and surveillance operations around New Zealand, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.
The OPV’s are capable of many roles including maritime patrol, surveillance and response. They have the ability to conduct helicopter operations using a Seasprite SH2G helicopter, boarding operations using the ships Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or Military Support Operations with embarked forces.
The OPV’s have strengthened hulls which enable them to enter southern waters where ice may be encountered. They are not designed as ice-breakers or to enter Antarctic ice-packs, but have the range and capability to undertake patrols in the southern ocean where ice may be encountered.
The ships are highly automated and operate with a core crew of 35, plus 10 flight crew to operate a helicopter. The ships power and control systems are fully computerised.
Standard Displacement: 1,900 tonnes
Length Overall: 85 metres
Beam: 14 metres
Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Maximum Speed: Maximum continuous 22 Knots
Core ships company 35
Flight personnel 10
Government agencies: 4
Additional personnel: 30
Armament: One 25mm Bushmaster Naval gun and two .50 calibre machine guns.
Wellington can embark the KAMAN SH-2G (NZ) Seasprite helicopter onboard