New Zealand ship ends 3-day goodwill visit

New Zealand ship ends 3-day goodwill visit

/ 04:50 AM November 05, 2023

New Zealand ship ends 3-day goodwill visit

MANILA, Philippines — After participating as observers in last month’s multilateral maritime exercises, New Zealand followed up the cooperation momentum by concluding a “three-day goodwill visit” in the country by one of its auxiliary ships.

His Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Aotearoa left Manila on Nov. 1 after its crew and representatives of the New Zealand Embassy in Manila engaged in cultural exchanges and maritime cooperation.


Aotearoa arrived on Oct. 30 as part of the country’s Defense Force’s largest naval deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

“The HMNZS Aotearoa’s visit to the Philippines underscores New Zealand’s dedication to maritime security, regional stability, and fostering diplomatic relations in the Indo-Pacific. It serves as a testament to the strong and enduring partnership between New Zealand and the Philippines,” read a statement quoting Wellington Ambassador to Manila Peter Kell.

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Last month, Wellington naval representatives participated as observers in the multilateral maritime drills “Sama Sama” between the Philippines, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada.

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