The naval tanker HMNZS Endeavour will dock at Devonport Naval Base for the last time today.
The 7300-tonne South Korean-built ship was commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy in April 1988, and its chief role was refuelling ships at sea and supporting other naval ships on deployment.
The Endeavour could carry 5000 tonnes of fuel also having the ability to refuel helicopters hovering over the deck and carry food for support missions in the Pacific Islands.
Along with the Pacific and Antarctica, it operated in south-east Asia, including a four-month deployment this year.
It is the third ship of this name to serve in this country’s navy, named after James Cook’s ship on his first voyage to New Zealand.
It was announced last year that another South Korean-built tanker had been commissioned, which will cost taxpayers $493 million.
The new 24,000-tonne vessel, which will be specially-built to operate in icy conditions in the Antarctic, will be delivered in 2020.
It will be able to carry and refuel helicopters and transport bulk goods.
HMNZS Endeavour will be welcomed into Devonport at 11am on Tuesday. NZN