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HMNZS Te Kaha Sails For Enduring Freedom

Published: Wed 27 Nov 2002 10:13 AM
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MEDIA STATEMENT
For Immediate Release 27 November 2002
HMNZS Te Kaha Sails For Enduring Freedom
HMNZS Te Kaha sailed from Stirling, Western Australia yesterday and after completing final specific-to-mission training for its role in Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ship’s Company have been honing their force-protection and boarding skills in preparation for their role in a Canadian-led Task Group operating in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.
“It has been a stressful period for the Ship’s Company,” said Te Kaha’s Captain, Commander John Martin. “They had to switch from preparing to be home for Christmas to training and focusing on the mission, knowing that this one is for real. I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made. The Ship’s Company is looking forward to serving the country and is viewing the operation with relish.”
“What has also been really wonderful is the support and aroha we have had from family and friends at home. We take their thoughts with us.”
HMNZS Te Kaha is expected to be ‘on station’ until February next year when she will hand over to HMNZS Te Mana.
ENDS

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