Competition: Name This Ship
Navy’s newest ship: OTAGO
The Navy’s newest ship, Otago, finally crosses the Tasman this weekend, two years after it was finished [it was tied up at a Melbourne wharf, instead of breaking wind on the high seas.]
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV), (in New Zealand we also have in-shore patrol vessels (IPV) class, and soon one “onshore” vessel would be added, too), one of Project Protector group, had been caught in a dispute with Australian shipbuilder BAE Systems. Otago is sailing for Devonport on Sunday, and its skipper, Lieutenant Commander Simon Rooke, will bring the boat into Devonport next Friday.
“It is an incredible feeling to be hours away from sailing from Melbourne to sail Otago home,” he said.
“The entire ship is a hive of activity, and excitement, as we make our final preparations to sail.”
The Offshore Patrol Vessels can go further offshore, “stay at sea longer, and conduct more challenging operations than the Inshore Patrol Vessels, and will enable the RNZN to conduct patrol and surveillance operations around New Zealand, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.” Stuff NZ said.
Readers are invited to find an appropriate name for Otago.
Top 10 entries will receive an honorable mention. Best names so far:
- NZNS Poverty
- NZNS Ignorance
- NZNS Next Stop Shanghai
- NZIS Blue Peter, Yellow Sea
- NZNS Jon Key (The Skimmer)
- NZNS Budget Deficit
- NZNS The Ocean Potty
- NZNS F**k the Malnourished Kids (Destroyer Class 300,000)
- USS Pakeha