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Saturday, 25 April 2009

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Able seaman making tomorrow night's supper

The New Zealand Navy was proud to put the newest addition to its fleet, the HMNZS Rotoitoi through its paces this week.

The Rotoitoi was taken on its first full voyage and reporters were invited on board to participate in the event.

The Rotoitoi brings the total of the New Zealand Navy's fleet to two, if we include Gazza's tin dinghy that they borrowed last Thursday.

Built entirely in New Zealand, the ship has been carefully designed to ensure it can travel light. One way this has been achieved is by creating a ride that ensures that occupants will return last night's lamb chops and pavlova to the ship's cook, particularly if they are standing close to him during a particularly stomach-lurching roll.

Should the design perform as expected, then the ship will only need to carry one day's provisions, which will then be able to be successfully recycled for the rest of the days at sea. The ship's name, Rotoitoi, reflects the sound of the recyling effort.

Sure enough, the historic maiden journey has not gone without incident. This reporter spent a large part of the journey creating oral psychedelic artworks, with other reporters following suit.

Experienced seamen participated with their own burley recipes. Even the ship's doctor practised reverse peristalsis.

The voyage has been marked as a complete success. The vessel will be used to guard New Zealand waters and ensure incoming ships are not carrying dangerous contraband such as fruit and Australians.

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