The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary. Photo / Included
Questions are being raised about why more than 250 Canadian sailors are allowed to depart from their Navy frigate without having to go through managed isolation.
The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary will visit Auckland in early August, for the first visit by a foreign military vessel since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
The Defense Force said nearly all personnel on board had been vaccinated and by the time they reached New Zealand they would have been at sea for 17 days – three days longer than the 14-day isolation period required by the New Zealand government. government.
The crew would not be able to disembark until they have all returned negative Covid-19 tests and have been symptom free for 14 days.
The Navy’s Chief of Staff, Captain Shane Arndell, said the Navy followed all the requirements of the Maritime Border Order.
Arndell said the ship docked in the Middle East more than 25 days ago. Since then, it has made a contactless visit to Townsville, Australia, where provisions and shops were brought on board without the crew having contact with other people.
Arndell said he understood the concerns of an Airbnb host who told Newshub they were unhappy with a crew member’s booking.
“But again, we are following the Maritime Boundary Order guidelines that have been put in place, so the risk has been minimized as much as possible by following the guidelines that apply to any ship calling at New Zealand,” he said.
“This visit shows the strong relationship between New Zealand and Canada,” Arndells said. The nations teamed up in the Pacific and Canada had hosted New Zealand’s navy for the past two years while the frigates were being upgraded.