7 May 2004
New Zealand Frigate Joins Multi-National Naval Force
The ships gathered briefly yesterday (May 6 2004) in a tight arrowhead formation, before splitting up to continue with their patrol and surveillance duties in the Arabian Sea.
The multi-national naval formation comprised of three Japanese ships, two American and one each from Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Te Mana set sail for the Middle East from Fremantle on 7 April. She will patrol for approximately four months before returning to New Zealand in September 2004.
Operation Enduring Freedom's maritime patrol and surveillance operations extend from the coasts of Pakistan, across the entrances to the Persian Gulf and Red Sea to the coasts of Somalia in East Africa.
Top left: From far wing of Arrow - USS LEYTE GULF (USA), SNS NUMANCIA (SPAIN),
JDS MYOKO (JAPAN), PNS KHAIBAR (PAKISTAN), FGS AUGSBURG (GERMANY), JDS SAMIDARE
(JAPAN), HMNZS TE MANA (NZ), ITS SCIROCCO (ITALY), USS CUSHING (USA)Astern of
Arrow, JDS TOWADA (JAPAN), astern of her
Right: right foreground: USS CUSHING (USA), ITS SCIROCCO (ITALY), HMNZS TE MANA (NZ), JDS SAMIDARE (JAPAN), background: PNS KHAIBAR (PAKISTAN)
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