It is good to have news of the HMNZS Otago again. In the past year they have rescued yachties off the Minerva reef; deployed to Antarctica in support of the Commision for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources; conducted boardings on the Tooth-Fish fleet in the Ross Sea and fought bush fires on Great Barrier Island. That shot of them boarding a fishing boat in terrible conditions is a reminder of the tough work they do.
We hope to see her in port again toward the end of the month in good time for a visit to the Cathedral before they deploy once more to the South for the southern summer. (Obviously this means the ship and crew will be away from home over Christmas and the New Year.)
It will be good to welcome them again - and we keep them all (and their families) in our prayers.