HMNZS Hawea – P3571

HMNZS Hawea is one of our Lake-class inshore patrol vessels. The inshore patrol vessels are designed for maritime surveillance and patrol missions around New Zealand’s 15,000-kilometre coast and out to the 200 nautical mile limit of our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Their primary mission is to ensure the security and prosperity of New Zealanders by undertaking maritime security patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and response to search and rescue call-outs.

Conceived as part of Project Protector, the ships were built in Whangarei by BAE Systems Australia (formerly Tenix Shipbuilding).

They were delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into our Navy in  May 2009. Hawea is the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Ethan Moser, RNZN


They have fully automated control and navigations system, a powerful engine, modern communications and surveillance systems, active stabilisers and comfortable accommodation.  Using the two RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) onboard, both ships  can undertake boarding operations, surveillance and transport personnel. The RHIBs are launched using two automatic davits near the stern of the vessels. The ships are highly manoeuvrable and capable of speeds up to 25 knots (46 kilometres per hour). 

They regularly works with government agencies such as Primary Industries (fisheries), Customs, Police and the Department of Conservation and frequently visits ports throughout the country. Hawea regularly undertakes patrols around New Zealand’s major fishing grounds, including the West Coast of the South Island, Marlborough Sounds, Cook Strait, Northland and the North Island East Coast.


  • Displacement: 340 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 2 x MAN B&W 12VP185 Diesel Engines
  • Beam: 9 metres
  • Draught: 2.9 metres
  • Length: 55 metres
  • Speed: 25 knots
  • Range: 3,000 nautical miles
  • Complement: 24 (core crew), 4 (Govt. agencies), 10 (additional personnel) Total 38


  • Helicopter: Vertical replenishment (no flight deck)
  • Small Arms: Numerous small arms ranging from 50 calibre machine guns to 9 mm pistols