Nelson Leader : September 5th 2013
8 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 NEWS 5556256AA C C Ch h ho o oiiic c ce e e Back again: The navy's patrol vessel Wellington in Nelson during a visit last December. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK Wellington in Nelson five days By BILL MOORE email@example.com The navy s 85m Protector class offshore patrol vessel Wellington will be arriving at Port Nelson on Saturday for a five-day visit but will not be open to the public during its stay. The ship, with 59 on board, will have just completed a 22-day sub-Antarctic patrol. They are looking forward to a quiet visit and some quality R&R, Nelson s naval relations officer Commander Cathy Knight said. The Wellington, which was built by Tenix in Melbourne, was accepted into the navy in May, 2010, after it first failed to meet its design specifications and was modified. It has a sister ship, the Otago. The Wellington is helicopter- capable and is routinely armed with a remote-controlled 25mm cannon, .50 calibre machineguns and small arms. It can also carry homing torpedoes, depth charges, mis- siles as well as an M60 machine- gun. During its Nelson visit it will be at the Layup No 1 berth off the end of Vickerman St. There will be arranged visits of supervised groups of Sea Scouts and Sea Cadets, and five TS Talisman Sea Cadets and an officer will be picked up by a rigid-hulled inflatable boat and taken to the ship for the trip into port on Saturday morning. The Wellington is due to sail for Auckland at 10am next Wednesday.
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