New Zealand Naval Vessels To Dock On Guam

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Historic visit, first in 30 years, shows thaw in relations

By Joy White

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, May 28, 2013) – A frigate from the Royal New Zealand Navy will be docking on Guam by the end of the week, according to the Royal New Zealand Navy.

This will be the first time a naval ship from New Zealand will be visiting a U.S. port in about 30 years.

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate, the Te Mana, will dock at the U.S. naval facility on Guam and participate in activities with the U.S. Navy.

The Te Mana is on a defense diplomacy mission in southeast and northeast Asia, visiting ports in Vietnam, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Guam.

"The ship’s docking there flows from the announcement by the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during his visit to New Zealand in September 2012 authorizing RNZN ships to visit U.S. Navy facilities subject to a case-by-case waiver," a report from the Royal New Zealand Navy stated.

The Te Mana has also completed Exercise Bersama Shield, a defense exercise also involving Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

According to the report, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully called the Guam visit "significant" and a "further sign of thawing ties" between Wellington and Washington.

The Te Mana returns to New Zealand in June.

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