MRV CANTERBURY Christchurch/Canterbury In Active Service.
OPV(1) OTAGO Dunedin/Otago/Southland Completed sea trials in Melbourne and now in final stages. OPV(2) WELLINGTON Wellington Under construction in Melbourne (fitout stages).
IPV(1) ROTOITI Napier/Hawkes Bay Completed sea trials and now in final stages. IPV(2) HAWEA Greymouth/Wesport/West Coast Under staged construction phases. IPV(3) PUKAKI Nelson/Marborough Under staged construction phases. IPV(4) TAUPO Whangarei/Northland Under staged construction phases.
So all four IPV are in the water; none have been delivered One OPV (ed: sorry, BOTH opv, coz I just checked!) is/are in the water, none have been delivered. One MRV has been delivered, and doesn't go anywhere.
Is there room for a chopper onboard? Nice looking vessel.
Naval aviation comprises a mix of Navy and Air Force personnel who operate and maintain a fleet of five Seasprite SH-2G helicopters, known as No 6 Squadron. No. 6 Squadron is based at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai. The helicopters are located, maintained and flown from there; they are then deployed onboard Navy ships TE KAHA and TE MANA. The aircraft will also be able to operate from three of the new Protector vessels due in 2007.
Based on that statement, I assume the three vessels are the MRV and the two OPV.
I am not sure if there is enough flat deck on the IPV to take a 109 for POD - Patrolboat Onboard Delivery ;D. But then again, there are only five 109's/POD's anyway!
"Red Sea rig originated in the days before air conditioning as a purely practical measure" & "Red Sea Rig - Dress in short sleeve white shirt and dress pants with a cummerbund. Red Sea rig is a RN term but it has been adopted by most navies as a wardroom order of dress. It was traditionally used in the days before A/C and represents a relaxed form of wardroom dress."
But while in Butterworth, I had the equivalent shirt made and, of course, all the crab acoutrements fitted, just as in the pic. It was much better than looking like a pillock wearing SD's on the quarterdeck at some marvelous Cocker's P's in Georgetown!
Only ever heard that 805 Squadron (Sea Venom & Sea Fury era) (aka VF-805) had a special cummerbund for Mess Dinner rig but I never saw it. Later I guess some examples were made - it had an unflattering name like 'asparagus omelette' or similar - perhaps the older Navy will know. A pic would be good pahleeze OldNavy. ;D
The asparagus was the twin palm trees and omelette the half round orange sand for "Over Sea & Sand". The badge was on the front of the cummerbund.
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