The image shows three of the ships in Exercise Southern Katipo 2015: New Zealand’s HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Te Kaha and French Navy’s FNS Prairial from Tahiti.
Exercise Southern Katipo (SK15) is the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) major military exercise and occurs every two years. Personnel from New Zealand and eight other countries – Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States are participating in the month-long international exercise in the Buller, Tasman and Marlborough regions of the South Island.
The exercise aims to test and evaluate the NZDF’s ability to plan and conduct joint operations involving a range of naval, land and air assets from various nations.
Image: New Zealand Navy