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New Zealand retires two Lake-class vessels after 10-year service

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New Zealand retires two Lake-class vessels after 10-year service
18 October 2019
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As part of its transition towards focusing on missions in the wider Pacific Ocean region, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has retired two of its Lake-class inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) after only 10 years of service.

The boats, which were in service as HMNZS Pukaki and HMNZS Rotoiti , were retired in a formal decommissioning ceremony on 17 October. Both vessels were commissioned in 2009.

“With a greater focus on Pacific missions, there is no longer a need for four vessels designed for inshore operations,” said the RNZN via its official social media channel on the same day to mark the vessels’ retirement.
 

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