Been able to watch over 1/2 of the operational Navy over the last few days, The Manawanui and IPV and OPV were parking themselves off the local beach for overnights. The Manawanui was lit up like Christmas tree looked impressive.
"I said Shoot,Shoot,Shoot. You never say fire in an airplane." Cdr Lou Page & Lt JG Smith USS Midway 1965
I has seen mention in a recent Navy Today mag that she was headed for RIMPAC but that was just before lockdown so maybe she is still going. The OIR response mentions RIMPAC was/is part of the intro to service (good planning!). I guess she won't be able to host anyone but RNZN divers & drogs but still a worthwhile exercise I feel.
What ever it is it was the same colour when it was the MV Edda Fonn, so either a sacrificial thing for rubs and bangs, or maybe something techy like radar?
I can assure you the first guess is far more accurate than the second I'm one of the drivers currently posted to MAN. Wooden planks- sacrifical, underneath the ROV hangar door. We may noy have got the ship we wanted but MAN is still a pretty cool piece of kit!
In case anyone in the Auckland region is keen to see onboard Manawanui... tours of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s state-of-the-art HMNZS Manawanui, at her first Auckland open day! The diving support, hydrographic and deep-sea salvage vessel will be open between 10am and 4pm (last entry 3pm) Sunday 31 January only...at Captain Cook Wharf, Port of Auckland.