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New Zealand welcomes 2nd frigate home from major upgrade in Canada

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Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana sailed into Waitematā Harbour on June 8, marking the completion of a complex three-year systems upgrade in Canada.

Te Mana is the second Anzac-class frigate to complete the procedure at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia, after HMNZS Te Mana returned home in December 2020.

Lockheed Martin Canada was the prime systems integrator and was responsible for integrating the frigates with the CMS 330 combat management system, as well as a new suite of sensors and weapons.

In addition to CMS upgrades, the frigates also received the MBDA Sea Ceptor vertically launched Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (Maritime) – CAMM(M), as a replacement for the Seasparrow missile system they previously employed.

“With the upgraded HMNZS Te Kaha already home, the return of HMNZS Te Mana marks the next step in the restoration of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s combat capability,” Rear Admiral Proctor said.

“Once their modern systems have been fully introduced, the frigates will provide Aotearoa with high-end options over the full range of maritime operations.

“Te Kaha and Te Mana will be able to deploy through the Indo-Pacific and anywhere in the world to advance our national interests, including providing maritime security alongside our partners where needed.”