HMNZS Otago (F111)

HMNZS Otago (F111) refuels from USS Bennington (CVS-20) during operations off Vietnam in 1968. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1957
Launched
1958
Commissioned
1960
Decommissioned
1983
AD/BC
AD
History

HMNZS Otago (F111) was one of two Rothesay-class frigates purchased from the Royal Navy by New Zealand. Commissioned 22 June, 1960, Otago received several weapons refits over the years, updating her old British torpedoes for newer American ones, and adding the Seacat surface-to-air missile in 1963-4. During the Indonesian-New Zealand confrontation in 1964-66, she was temporarily retrofitted with surplus WWII 20mm and 40mm guns for use against Indonesian junks. Otago was later involved in monitoring the French nuclear tests in the early 1970s, and conducted exercises in the Eastern Pacific with the US and Canada in the late 70s and early 80s. Otago was still considered fully combat capable during the Falklands War, but was turned into a training ship in for seven months before she was decommissioned 7 November, 1983. Otago was scrapped in 1987.