Two Royal New Zealand Navy warships have returned to home after a four-month deployment which cemented their role in the Asia-Pacific security community.
Frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and fleet ship HMNZS Endeavour joined in three major exercises during the deployment, including the world's largest, RIMPAC, off the coast of Hawaii.
It's the first time in 28 years New Zealand's ships have been invited to participate in the exercise where they were able to train alongside the US, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Australia.
The Navy performed with distinction among the 22 countries participating.
Frigate Te Kaha took podium places in three main competitions, placing first in specialist warfare skills and knowledge, second in sport and third in gunnery.
Te Kaha's commanding officer, Commander Jonathan Beadsmore said the "great feedback" from partner navies had been "overwhelming".
Endeavour set records by pumping more than two million litres of fuel in one day and completing 51 replenishments at sea.
The deployment also included the Pacific Bridge exercise in the western Pacific and Kakadu off the coast of Darwin, where Te Kaha led a task force of ships from other navies.
During the journey to the RIMPAC exercise, Endeavour provided diesel fuel to Penrhyn Island - north of the Cook Islands - guaranteeing the island was able to maintain domestic utilities and power generation.
"The crew have all worked extremely hard over the last four months and are looking forward to spending some time with family and friends," said the fleet ship's captain, Commander Keith Robb.
"I have been blown away by their unfailing effort. They are a great crew and I'm proud to be associated with them."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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