HMNZS Te Kaha – F77

HMNZS Te Kaha is our first Anzac Class frigate. Te Kaha is a purpose-built warship constructed to the German MEKO 200 design. Te Kaha is designed to fight and evade her enemies and take battle damage. Her primary mission is to ensure the security and prosperity of New Zealand by undertaking maritime security patrols and surveillance operations to protect our sea lines of communication or trade routes.

Te Kaha was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 22 July 1997. Te Kaha is the first ship of this name to serve in our Navy.

Commanding Officer

Commander Brock Symmons, RNZN


The two Anzac class frigates, HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana are the main fighting ships of our Navy and play a vital role in protecting New Zealand, its exports, maritime resources and those of our allies. Frigates are the smallest type of warship capable of prolonged independent and sustained operations, including:

  • Working with our allies in regional and global security
  • Conducting patrols in Antarctica for vessels engaged in illegal fishing
  • Participating in joint training exercises with other navies on the tactical levels of warfare
  • Participating in UN peacekeeping missions
  • Search and rescue missions

Anzac frigates can combat simultaneous threats from air, surface and sub-surface. This makes these ships a vital component in maintaining regional security.

The Anzac frigates have a complement of 178 naval personnel.

Te kaha is part of New Zealand’s national security system, and works with other agencies to protect and advance New Zealand’s national security interests.


  • Displacement: 3,600 tonnes
  • Propulsion: Combined Diesel or Gas Turbine (CODOG)
    • One GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine (30,000 hp)
    • Two MTU 12V 1193 Diesels (6,000 hp each)
    • Twin Shaft Controllable Pitch Propellers
  • Beam: 14.8 metres
  • Draught: 6.2 metres
  • Length: 118 metres
  • Speed: 27+ knots
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots
  • Complement: 178 crew (25 officers, 153 ratings), plus 10 flight personnel


The Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project was identified in the 2010 Defence White Paper as necessary to maintain the frigates' combat capability until the end of their service life.

The Anzac FSU project is currently upgrading the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates to match current and future threats and address obsolescence of some of the current systems. This will include a new combat management system, new radars, electronic detection and other above water sensors, the self-defence missile system, decoys against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade to the hull-mounted sonar.