HMNZS WELLINGTON is a Protector-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy. It is one of the Navy's two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). The ships are designed for maritime surveillance, supply and support and patrol missions around New Zealand’s 15,000-kilometre coast, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.WELLINGTON operates throughout New Zealand’s 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the southern ocean and the Pacific. She undertakes a range of roles including patrolling, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, support to peacekeeping operations and sea training for the Navy. Conceived as part of Project Protector, the ships were built in Williamstown, Australia by Tenix Shipbuilding (now BAE Systems Australia). WELLINGTON was the second Offshore Patrol Vessel to be built for New Zealand. Modules of the ship were built separately, including some in Whangarei, to be assembled at the Tenix shipyard. The ship is based on a design already in service with the Irish Navy and Maritius Coastguard. WELLINGTON was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 6 May 2010. It is the second ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
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