The New Zealand Government approved NZDF (Defense Force) to seek a replacement for the naval tanker HMNZS Endeavour, Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman said.
“The tanker will be able to store a large amount of fuel, including aviation fuel, store supplies and ammunition, and accommodate an NH90 or Seasprite helicopter.
This capability is needed as the NZDF has more ships which can embark new helicopters, and it is crucial that the tanker can support the Joint Task Force as set out in the 2010 Defense White Paper,” he added.
HMNZS Endeavour will reach the end of service life in 2018. Maintenance costs are increasing, and the vessel will face non-compliance issues with new international maritime regulations.
The request for tender is expected to be issued by the Ministry of Defense in early 2015. A final recommendation will be made to Cabinet in mid-2016.