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New Zealand decommissions diver support ship

22 February 2018

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has decommissioned its diver support ship, HMNZS Manawanui .

The vessel was officially retired in a decommissioning ceremony held at Devonport Naval Base on the morning of 23 February.

Manawanui was built in the United Kingdom in 1979 as a diving support vessel known as Star Perseus , and originally meant for commercial oil rig operations. However, it was subsequently delivered and commissioned into the RNZN in 1988.

The vessel displaces 991 tonnes, has an overall length of 43 m, an overall beam of 9.5 m, and a draught of 3.2 m. The ship, which can accommodate a crew of 24 including officers and ratings, has a top speed of 11 kt, and a range of 5,000 n miles at economic speed.

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