Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Navy conducts survey operations around Coromandel

HMNZS RESOLUTION has returned to her primary tasking as the Navy’s Principal Hydrographic vessel and has commenced survey operations in support of a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) contracted Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) surveying operation in and around the Coromandel Peninsula and the Mercury Islands.
RESOLUTION has been tasked to support the Littoral Warfare Support Group managed survey operation by conducting commercial hydrographic surveying of areas in and around the Coromandel Peninsula and Mercury Islands from June 2009 until the end of June 2010.
The Commanding Officer of HMNZS RESOLUTION, Lieutenant Commander Shane Arndell, says “Putting it in layman terms, we are helping the Navy’s Maritime Survey Team to re-chart the waters in this area to ensure all recreational fishermen, boaties and divers can safely enjoy their activities, as well as ensuring the area remains safe for navigation of all commercial vessels”. Onboard RESOLUTION at sea, Lieutenant Commander Arndell has a ship’s company of 47 men and women – his core crew is 35 and embarked onboard for this operation are an extra 13 hydrographic surveyors from the Maritime Survey Team. Working from the shore is the Detached Hydrographic Support Unit, who are based out of Whitianga for the duration.

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