F69 Wreck Dive

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The Wreck of the F69 Frigate Wellington

HMNZS Wellington was a Leander class frigate of the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. Originally commissioned in 1969 for the Navy as HMS Bacchante, she joined the RNZN in 1982. She was decommissioned in 1999.

13th November 2005 the vessel was scuttled to create an artificial marine reef and a world class recreational dive site.

The F69 Wellington lies in 21 meters of water, approximately 400m off the coast of Island Bay, just a 5 minute boat ride from Dive Wellington. She has broken into three pieces but remains a popular dive site within the marine reserve and plenty to see.

F69 Wreck Dive