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Frigates

Rothesay (Type 12M) Class

F 111, HMNZS Otago

Leander (Type 12I) Class

Batch 1 (Ikara equipped)

F 18, HMNZS Taranaki (ex-HMS Galatea)

F 38, HMNZS Northland (ex-HMS Arethusa)

F 104, HMNZS Southland (ex-HMS Dido)*

Batch 2.TA

F 55, HMNZS Waikato

Batch 3 (unmodified ‘Broad Beam’)

F 12, HMNZS Achilles (ex-HMS Achilles)

F 69, HMNZS Wellington (ex-HMS Bacchante)

F 421, HMNZS Canterbury*

Notes: * denotes lost in action.

Otago, Waikato and Canterbury built specifically for RNZN; all others transferred from RN service. Taranaki, Northland and Achilles refit September 1987 prior to transfer, commissioned into RNZN early November 1987.

LOSSES:

> F 104, HMNZS Southland - 03/04 September 1985. Quayside, HMNZS Devonport; struck by two SS-N-12 missiles from Echo-II SSGN; back broken, sank immediately; twenty-three deaths aboard.

> F 421, HMNZS Canterbury - 03/04 September 1985. Karimata Straits, Indonesia, returning from port-visit to Singapore with HMAS Canberra; struck by three AS-4 missiles from Tu-95 Bear-G bombers; exploded and sank immediately; no survivors.

WARTIME REFITS:

Sept.’85 - ‘instant upgrade’, Auckland NZ. HMNZS Otago, HMNZS Wellington, HMNZS Waikato delete Sea Cat, receive Signaal/Oerlikon Reaper (2x25mm) CIWS.

Sept.-Oct.’87 - Pre-transfer upgrade, Newcastle UK. HMS Galatea, HMS Arethusa delete Type 965 radar, dual Sea Cat launchers; receive LW08 air-search radar, Telegon HF-DF, Phoenix ESM, G750 hull-mounted sonar, Mk.32 torpedo-tubes, Nautis-F combat data system, Mk.36 chaff launchers, dual Signaal/Oerlikon Reaper CIWS.

Sept.-Oct.’87 - Pre-transfer upgrade, Clyde UK. HMS Achilles deletes Type 965 radar, Sea Cat launcher, Mk.6 GFCS; receives LW08 air-search radar, R-76C5 GFCS, Telegon HF-DF, Phoenix ESM, G750 hull-mounted sonar, Mk.32 torpedo-tubes, Nautis-F combat data system, Mk.36 chaff launchers, Signaal/Oerlikon Reaper CIWS.

Apr.-May.’88 - ‘commonality upgrade’, Williamstown Aus. HMNZS Wellington refit to same specifications as HMNZS Achilles.

Jul.-Aug.’88 - ‘commonality upgrade’, Williamstown Aus. HMNZS Waikato refit to same specifications as Achilles and Wellington.

Oct.-Nov.’88 - ‘commonality upgrade’, Williamstown Aus. HMNZS Otago refit to same specifications as Achilles, Wellington and Waikato.

Patrol Forces

Moa

P 3553, HMNZS Moa

P 3554, HMNZS Kiwi

P 3555, HMNZS Wakakura

P 3556, HMNZS Hinau

Notes:

Construction approved 1982. Built in Whangarei NZ, commissioned 1983-1985. Full-load displacement 105 tons. Minimal armament, purely in-shore patrol vessels with secondary training role.

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