The Royal New Zealand Navy will get its largest ever ship, 1 24,000 ton vessel costing an approximate $493 million in 2020.
The 173-meter long vessel, Aotearoa, will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries. The construction will start next year and is scheduled for delivery in January 2020, Stuff reported Monday.
It would replace the navy's current fuel replenishment ship Endeavour, but carry out a greater number of roles.
"Aotearoa will have the ability to deploy anywhere in the world to support maritime operations and enhance our combat force," Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin was quoted as saying by the news portal.
"It has the ability to conduct embarked helicopter operations and will be capable of carrying a significant tonnage of operational supplies. And it will provide an important Antarctic support capability to assist with our Southern Ocean monitoring."
Aotearoa would "represent us as a nation on the international stage whether conducting operational support, maritime sustainment or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Aotearoa will be recognisable within the Pacific region and identifiable with all New Zealanders," Martin said.
New Zealand's navy has received combat system trainer from Lockheed Martin Canada under the country's planned ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade project. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin opened the combat system trainer at the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017
Japan will be competing with US and European countries for the New Zealands patrol and transport aircraft contracts. Representatives from Japan's defense ministry and Kawasaki Heavy are in New Zealand for negotiations
New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee launched the Defence Capability Plan 2016, detailing the NZ$20 billion investment in capability needed out to 2030. According to the plan, “Since then the government has agreed to the procurement of an ice-strengthened naval tanker and high mobility vehicles for the Special Air Service,” Brownlee said
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Supacat, to deliver Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) for the New Zealand Defence Forces. Supacat is also in the process of agreeing a long term support contract with the New Zealand Defence Force to support the new fleet, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Rockwell Collins has won a second contract for a Deployable Ku-Band Earth Terminal (DKET) SATCOM system from the New Zealand Defence Force as part of the Strategic Bearer Network Phase 1 program. This contract follows an initial award in June 2013 for one DKET dual-antenna, deployable ground station, the company announced Tuesday
New Zealand will order four P8-A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Boeing costing US$1.6 Billion to replace six aging Orion patrolling planes
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has stopped NH90 helicopter operations following an emergency landing near Blenheim Sunday. The helicopter engine has been sent to Sydney for examination
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