Royal New Zealand Navy warship Te Mana is home for the weekend, bringing 25 Tauranga locals with her.

Tauranga is the home base of the 118m-long frigate, which was carrying 155 Navy personnel.

Zoe Heather and Kristie Parsons were originally from Tauranga and had been in the Royal New Zealand Navy for nearly two years. This was their first visit home on board the ship.

Heather, 21, was an electronic warfare specialist and attended Otumoetai College before she joined the Navy in 2016.

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Zoe Heather and Kristie Parsons are excited to be home in Tauranga after Navy ship Te Mana docked on Friday morning. Photo/Andrew Warner
Zoe Heather and Kristie Parsons are excited to be home in Tauranga after Navy ship Te Mana docked on Friday morning. Photo/Andrew Warner

She said she did not come home as often as she would like but it was nice to be home for the weekend.

Parsons, 20, attended Mount Maunganui College before she became a seaman combat specialist, also joining in 2016.

"I'll be catching up with friends and family this weekend."

Assistant weapon engineering officer Lieutenant Phillip Quinlan said Te Mana had come into port at 8am yesterday and would be leaving on Monday morning.

Quinlan said the ship had come down from Auckland and would be going out to sea for a week.

The ship was responsible for air, surface and underwater warfare operations, surveillance, search and rescue and training operations.

Officer Lisa Hunn is the commander of HMNZS Te Mana.


Specifications

Displacement: 3600 tonnes
Beam: 14.8m
Draught: 6.2m
Length: 118m
Speed: 27+ knots
Range: 6000 nautical miles at 18 knots
Complement: 178 crew (25 officers, 153 ratings), plus 10 flight personnel