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L421 HMNZS Canterbury

NZ Royal New Zealand Navy

IMO: 9338644
MMSI: 512153000
Flight Deck: CAN
Call Sign: ZMCR
Shipyard: Merwede Shipyard
See Also: FF Leander class F421


History of NZ HMNZS Canterbury L421

2004-julOrderedOrdered from Tenix Defence (Australia) and subsequently subcontracted to Merwede Shipyard (Netherlands)
2005-sep-06Laid downLaid down
2006-feb-11LaunchedLaunched NL Merwede Shipyard
2007-augHomeportHomeport arrived HMNZNB Devonport
2011-febDeploymentDeployment Lyttleton Harbour Christchurch Earthquake 2011 deployed to Lyttleton (nr Christchurch) for a scheduled Exercise, it quickly turned into a Humanitarian and Disaster Relief mission, when the earthquake struck on 22 Feb. Also shuttled back and forth to Wellington, ferrying emergency supplies and equipment.
2013-aug-26TrialsTrials First of Class flight trials with Australian MRH90 to establish the operating envelope of a similar type on HMNZS Canterbury.
2015-nov-23NEWS New Zealand Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15)
2016-apr-04NEWSFJSuva New Zealand NH90 Supporting Fiji Relief Operations
2016-novAircraftAircraft Exercise Mahi Tangaroa 16, Australian Romeo 7 on board
2016-nov-14DeploymentDeployment Lyttleton Harbour Kaikoura Earthquake relief operations diverted from Auckland to assist in earthquake relief off Kaikoura. Main offshore platform for NZDF relief effort. Returned to Lyttleton on 20 Nov with 192 evacuees, for re-tasking.
2016-nov-15NEWS NH90s Bring Supplies to Kaikoura After Earthquake
2017-mar-24Port VisitPort Visit Operation Havre anchored off Raoul Island in Kermadec Group, to assist in maintenance of the Tsunami Early Warning System.
2018-mar-24DeploymentDeployment HMNZD Devonport HMNZS Philomel Navy Open Day 2018 At Navy Open Day
2018-may-21NEWSNZOhakea Husband and Wife Share Military Mission Together

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Canterbury class
131length (m)
23.40beam (m)
19max speed (knots)

1Naval Gun single 25 mm

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