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New Zealand's latest warship visits Australia

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. No. 1129.


Navy Public Relations.



The Royal New Zealand's Navyg newest warship, H.M.N.Z.S.

OTAGO, will visit Australia next month. " .

that the New Zealand ship would call at Fremantle and Melbourne

during her delivery voyage from the United Kingdom.

OTAGO would visit Fremantle for five days, arriving on

' 1st January, and Melbourne for four days, arriving 10th January.

Mr. Opperman said H.M.N.Z.S. OTAGO was a fast anti-submarine

frigate, of similar design to Australia's four new frigates at present

* aider construction. The first of the R.A.N.'s new frigates, H.M.A.S.

^ PARRAMATTA, has been undergoing her sea-trials this month.

• Mr. Opperman said the New Zealand frigate was launched by

Princess Margaret, who had visited the ship again a few weeks ago

before it sailed from London on its delivery voyage.

' Like the new Australian frigates, H.M.N.Z.S. OTAGO had the

latest in submarine detection devices and weapons, and offered a -new standard of comfort for the crew, with bunks instead of hammocks,

bunk-side reading lights, and many other amenities.

The Acting Minister for the Navy, Mr. Opperman, said today

Canberra. 23rd December I960.