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Whangarei bid a final farewell to HMNZS Kahu at the weekend before she's retired to Auckland to be decommissioned.
The Navy's 91 tonne inshore patrol vessel was built in Whangarei by Whangarei Engineering and Construction in 1979. She operated as a support vessel for the navy's diving teams and was involved in civilian work such as  salvaging  the  Soviet passenger liner Mikhail Lermontov in the Marlborough Sounds in 1986. She started life as HMNZS Manawanui but that name was taken by a larger ship  in 1988.
 She became known as HMNZS Kahu, operating as a navigation and seamanship training vessel, providing support for the RNZN Dive School, and conducting operations with other Government agencies such as Fisheries, Customs, Police and the Department of Conservation.
But  after travelling 191,332 nautical miles, HMNZS Kahu has reached the end of her life in service. Whangarei's Lieutenant Maurice "Muzz" Kennett was made commanding officer of Kahu in November last year after joining the Navy as an electronic technician in 1975.
His father worked on her construction. "It'll be sad to say goodbye. She's my first ship as a commanding officer - I've had a fun time in the last year with a great crew but it's time for Kahu to move on."
On her arrival in Auckland on Tuesday, a decommissioning ceremony would take place involving high ranking personnel on Kahu's deck saluting at other navy ships before she's handed over to the Navy's Devonport supply depot which would prepare her for sale. She will enter Auckland harbour flying a long white and red striped "paying off" pennant, used only when ships enter their home port for the last time.