HMNZS Wellington

North Island,New Zealand

HMS Baccante was a Leander class frigate built by Vickers Armstrong in Newcastle in England, and was launched in February 1968 for the Royal Navy. She served in the Persian Gulf and Gibraltar before she was handed over for one dollar to the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1982 and renamed HMNZS Wellington. She was stricken from the navy lists in 1999, and rigged down and prepared as an artificial reef. She was scuttled outside Wellington 13.November 2005, and the broken wreck rest today in three separate sections on a depth of 15 to 22 meter outside Island Bay south of Wellington.

Former names:
HMNZS Wellington
F 69, HMS Baccante
372,0 x 41,0 x 19,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3200 displ ( std )
Newcastle ( UK ) 1968
( NZ )

41°21'10.8 S 174°46'48.0 E

Picture: HMS Baccante
Courtesy of Royal Navy, license CC BY-SA 2.5

Last updated: December 2020