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On the international waterfront today there is talk that the Government of New Zealand has detached HMNZS Wellington (P55) to patrol the Ross Sea. While this is a normal duty of that naval vessel the timing might appear to some a little unusual. Now NAUTICAL LOG has not been able to confirm this with a second report so it remains waterfront gossip from New Zealand.

However from a documented source, the latest Press Release from the SSCS Pirate Group, comes word that they and the JWF are in the area of 74 degrees 34 minutes South latitude, 149 degrees 9 minutes West longitude. This is about 2500 nautical miles from New Zealand on the southeast side of the Ross Sea in the area of responsibility of the NZRCC. For a mission of the possibly departed HMNZS Wellington (P55) it would be reasonable to think this is where she is headed. Unless of course she has been sent to detain the MS Steve Irwin on the high seas for something that happened at Wellington, NZ during her visit there, this too is a possible assigned mission.

Currently the MS Bob Barker is in conflict with the JWF she is blocking, or attempting too, the stern slipway of the MS Nisshin Maru with the MS Yushin Maru #3 preventing her. She by the way is now described as a "harpoon vessel'" where as before she was a "tracking/security" vessel, here status changes to suit the SSCS current propaganda release. It appears the fouled propeller of that vessel has been cleared and she is again safe to manoeuvre in the event of one of this areas sudden storms. Meanwhile the MS Gojira is supposedly racing around scouting, what NAUTICAL LOG has absolutely no idea and most likely neither has she. Locky MacLean seems confused by his own tactics these days but that is the result of tiredness, a diet of poorly sustaining food, and living in a small cramped vessel at sea - circumstances where a tragedy due to bad decision-making can easily happen.

It is highly likely also that some of these vessels will end up once again in a collision and once again the MS Bob Barker will come off second best, the MS Gojira will be destroyed. Remember the last collision when MS Bob Barker was holed in her starboard side with water pouring in, an absolutely terrified crew, including the Master of that time, all with little idea what to do and everything documented by Whale Wars personnel. Never funny when one is on the receiving end of bad things.

Into this saga of The Southern Sea we await the arrival of HMNZS Wellington (P55) and for her to do - whatever.

Good Watch.


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