HMNZS Wellington – P55

HMNZS Wellington is a Protector-fleet offshore patrol vessel. It is one of our Navy's two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).  The ships are designed for maritime surveillance, supply and support and patrol missions around New Zealand’s 15,000-kilometre coast, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Tim Hall


Wellington operates throughout New Zealand’s 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the southern ocean and the Pacific.  She undertakes a range of roles including patrolling, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, support to peacekeeping operations and sea training for the Navy. 

Wellington was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 6 May 2010. Wellington is the second ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The OPVs’ are designed to undertake patrols in the southern ocean where ice may be encountered. The ship is not designed as an icebreaker or to enter Antarctic ice packs but has a strengthened hull that enables her to enter southern waters where ice may be encountered. The ship also has the range and other cold-climate capability to undertake operations in the freezing conditions of the southern oceans.

The OPVs’ conducts maritime patrols in conjunction with the RNZAF P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in the New Zealand EEZ, southern ocean and South Pacific. The surveillance tasks are primarily non-military in support of civilian agencies and involve specialist staff from government agencies such as Foreign Affairs, Customs and Fisheries.

The OPVs’ have a complement of 42 naval personnel and also have the capacity to host 36 additional personnel onboard for general naval training or other duties, including Government agency officers.

The OPVs’ are capable of many roles including maritime patrol, surveillance and response. They have the ability to conduct helicopter operations using a Super Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopter, boarding operations using the ships Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or Military Support Operations with embarked forces.

The two ships regularly work with government agencies such as Primary Industries (fisheries), Customs, Police and the Department of Conservation and are frequent visitors to ports throughout the country and the Pacific.

The OPVs’ regularly support the operations of other government agencies.


  • Displacement: 1,900 tonnes
  • Propulsion: Combined Diesel or Gas Turbine (CODOG)
  • One GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine (30,000 hp)
  • Two MTU 12V 1163 Diesels (8,500 hp)
  • Twin Shaft Controllable Pitch Propellers
  • Beam: 14 metres
  • Draught: 3.6 metres
  • Length: 85 metres
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles
  • Complement: 42 (core crew), 12 (flight personnel), plus (additional personnel, including government agencies) Total 80


  • Main Gun: 25mm Rafael Typhoon stabilised Naval Gun
  • Helicopter: one Kaman Super Seasprite SH-2G(I)
  • Small Arms: Numerous small arms ranging from 50 calibre machine guns to 9mm pistols