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Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.

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HMNZS Te Kaha is welcomed back to Devonport Naval Base after a six month deployment with a Seasprite flypast and a gun salute.

3 August 2015

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE KAHA and tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR returned to the Devonport Naval Base on Sunday morning after being deployed since early this year.

The ships entered Auckland harbour shortly after 9am and as they were nearing the Base, they were honoured by a Seasprite helicopter flypast and HMNZS TE KAHA fired a gun salute,  which was returned from the shore. Over 1100 family and friends waiting on the wharf waved and cheered as they tied up.

Te Kaha and Endeavour Berth in Auckland

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