The Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), with 27 officers and 150 sailors on board, arrived in Tien Sa Port on 12 April at the start of their four-day official visit to the city. On the same day, the Vice Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee, Mr. Ho Ky Minh, met the ship’s Commander Steve Lenik.
During the reception, Vice Chairman Minh highlighted the fruitful results from numerous bilateral cooperative programmes with New Zealand over recent years. The city leader said that he would like the New Zealand government to continue giving its support to Da Nang in various ways, including investment, healthcare, education, search and rescue activities, and disaster preparedness and mitigation.
Commander Lenik thanked the city leader for his warm welcome. He said he hoped that the visit would help to further develop the bilateral cooperative ties, especially in defence, with Da Nang and with Viet Nam as a whole.
During their stay in the city, the New Zealanders are scheduled to play a friendly volleyball match against their colleagues from the Zone 3 Naval High Command.
In addition, they will join cultural and sporting exchange activities with Phan Chau Trinh Senior High School pupils, including treating them to an exciting traditional Maori war dance.
The 118m-long and 14.8m-wide F77 ship has a displacement of 3,600 tonnes and a draught of 6.2m. Its maximum speed is 27 nautical miles per hour, and it has a range of 11,000km.
The ship is equipped with a 39,000hp gas turbine engine, a self-defence missile system, and other advanced modern weaponry systems like a 127mm gunboat and a 6-core cannon. Its stern features a helicopter landing deck and parking area.