The crew of HMNZS Aotearoa, from the Royal New Zealand Navy, have been undergoing training in Torpoint as part of preparations to take delivery of the ship next year.
The team have been at HMS Raleigh learning the processes for operating the equipment to transfer stores, fuel and other items from ship-to-ship whilst at sea. This is the second year that the training has been done, Captain Simon Rooke said:
"This training is the best in the world, in fact you can’t get this replenishment training from any other facility that we are aware of."
The replenish-at-sea trainer at HMS Raleigh began life as a trials platform to test equipment for the new Queen Elizabeth carriers.
The new refuelling vessel HMNZS Aotearoa is a 26,000 tonne ship named after the Maori word for New Zealand, and will perform similar functions to the UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Duties will include providing other vessels with marine diesel and aviation fuel, and supplies of food and ammunition.
Of the 19 personnel that took part in the training eight will serve on the ship when she comes into service, including the Commanding Officer and the Executive Officer.
While taking a break from training, staff were treated to an impromptu performance of the Haka...
Cover photo and video credit to HMS Raleigh.