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New Zealand retires two Lake-class vessels after 10-year service

17 October 2019

As part of its transition towards focusing on missions in the wider Pacific Ocean region, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has retired two of its Lake-class inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) after only 10 years of service.

The boats, which were in service as HMNZS Pukaki and HMNZS Rotoiti , were retired in a formal decommissioning ceremony on 17 October. Both vessels were commissioned in 2009.

“With a greater focus on Pacific missions, there is no longer a need for four vessels designed for inshore operations,” said the RNZN via its official social media channel on the same day to mark the vessels’ retirement.

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