There’s been a Navy ship around the harbour the last couple of days. Apparently it’s The Canterbury:
The Multi-Role Vessel CANTERBURY is the first of seven new ships built for the Royal New Zealand Navy under Project Protector.
The Project Protector vessels’ capabilities include sealift, coastal and offshore patrol, and at-sea training for the RNZN.
The Canterbury, which looks a bit like a floating tank — hardly any windows, solid looking sides — was doing valuable work up in the Islands after the earthquake and tsunami struck Samoa and Tonga:
HMNZS Canterbury delivered aid including 80 tonnes of general aid, 6 tonnes medical equipment and medical supplies, 7 tonnes of plumbing supplies, 128 tonnes of power poles and Fale poles and 4 tonnes of electrical supplies. Canterbury delivered essential aid including vehicles to both Samoa and Tonga using its Sea Sprite helicopter and landing craft.
[Via : RNZN – Media Releases.]
I took the photo above from up near the top of Mt Victoria. She’ll be here for a few more days yet, so I may be able to get a few pictures from a bit closer before she leaves.