New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Visit by New Zealand frigate Te Mana boosts defence ties with Korea

Commanding Officer of HMNZS TE MANA, Commander Shane Arndell greeting a senior officer from the Incheon Naval Sector Defence Command.

In support of defence diplomacy, Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA is visiting Korea 15-19 May.She will be alongside at Incheon Port over the period, hosted by the ROK Navy frigate BUCHEON.

New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata and the Commanding Officer of HMNZS TE MANA, Commander Shane Arndell hosted around one hundred Korean dignitaries, military and government officials, and business people linked with New Zealand on board on 16 May. The evening included a performance by the ship’s Maori cultural group.

HMNZS Te Mana’s visit is a great way to showcase the important role our close defence ties play in our wider bilateral relationship”, said Ambassador Rata. “The active cooperation between our two defence forces now spans joint exercises, training programmes, and regular policy consultations.”

HNNZS TE MANA has been currently undertaking defence diplomacy activities in South East and North East Asia, and the visit to Korea is part of the programme. New Zealand has a long history in support of peace and prosperity in North East Asia, providing naval forces to the United Nations Command during the Korean War.

During the visit to Korea, the ship’s company will also participate in host ship visits and a soccer game with the ROK Navy, support a local orphanage and visit the Demilitarised Zone. The last Royal New Zealand Navy ship to visit Korea was HMNZS ENDEAVOUR in 2010.

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