Incredible video shows New Zealand navy ship smashing through waves more than 20 metres high in the Southern Ocean
- Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Otago was in the Southern Ocean
- Huge swells saw the vessel constantly battered by enormous waves
- Southern Ocean torrents stretch across millions of square miles of ocean
- New Zealand navy carry out border and fisheries patrols in region
A terrifying video has emerged showing a New Zealand navy ship crashing its way through waves more than 20 metres high in the Southern Ocean.
Both violent and terrifying, the footage showed the naval vessel smashing into the waves as water rained down everywhere.
Motherboard website reports that the video’s creator, Alex Croucher, said that the ship involved was the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Otago travelling in the Southern Ocean.
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Otago was patrolling in the Southern Ocean when it was hit by massive waves
The ship is a Protector class offshore patrol vessel. It is 279 feet long and has a baseline speed of about 25 miles per hour.
Croucher stated that the Otago was on a patrol mission in the Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean, where storms can be the most brutal in the world.
Southern Ocean torrents can stretch across millions of square miles of ocean. On average, one gale per week can be expected and the storms are still treacherously unpredictable.
Because of the Southern Ocean’s unique geography persistent winds are constantly circling Antarctica, and are some of the strongest on earth.
Huge swells saw the naval vessel constantly battered by enormous waves
Some of the swells that the RNZN’s ship got involved in were allegedly more than 65 feet high in places.
RNZN’s website said that the country’s vessels frequently monitor the region because a large majority of its exports travel through trade routes in the vicinity.
The New Zealand navy carry out border and fisheries patrols, search and rescue missions, and also support for defence and conservation agencies in the region.
Some of the swells that the RNZN’s ship got involved in were allegedly more than 65 feet high in places