New Zealand’s Largest Navy Ship Christened in South Korea

October 26, 2019 – Four of the more important words any Chief of Navy looks forward to hearing during their tenure are “I name this ship …” because it means a new addition to a navy fleet. Yesterday in Ulsan, South Korea, Rear Admiral David Proctor was delighted to hear Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy name the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) newest ship, Aotearoa at a ceremony at the Hyundai Shipyard. Just five months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named the RNZN’s replacement diving support and hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui,…

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‘Birth Day’ of New Zealand’s Largest-Ever Navy Ship

August 14, 2018 – The keel-laying ceremony for the future HMNZS Aotearoa has been held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The keel laying, marking the official “birth day” of the ship, is an important ceremonial occasion, which has traditionally represented the laying of the initial piece of timber that would make up the ship’s backbone. Aotearoa’s keel laying consisted of more than 500 tonnes of carefully constructed keel blocks being positioned together in the dry dock, where she will continue to expand upwards and outwards…

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Royal New Zealand Navy Adds FarSounder Sonar

FarSounder’s flagship forward-looking sonar, the FarSounder-1000, is the latest cutting-edge gear slated to equip the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) future fleet replenishment tanker, HMNZS Aotearoa (A12). The company’s longest range sonar will provide real-time 3D data on what is ahead as the tanker navigates the seas giving the vessel’s crew an elevated level of safety and security. HMNZS Aotearoa is a Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel that is bound for use by the New Zealand Defense Force under the maritime arm, the RNZN. This new naval tanker will be…

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Top 10 Badge Designs for HMNZS Aotearoa Announced

When Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin announced the public competition to design the ship’s badge for HMNZS Aotearoa in early July, he said he was looking for something “simple yet striking, reflective of the role of the ship and representative of the culture and heritage of this nation”. Given the name of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) newest and largest ship, it was to be expected that strong elements of symbolism and Kiwiana would be present in the badge designs submitted in the competition that closed on…

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New Zealand Navy Chooses Saab TactiCall for Future Communications Solution

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to provide a complete communications system on board the Royal New Zealand Navy’s future fleet replenishment vessel, HMNZS Aotearoa. The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has selected Saab to equip its new Maritime Sustainment Capability vessel, HMNZS Aotearoa. Saab will provide the TactiCall integrated communications system, which interconnects communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency or hardware. Electronic Navigation Ltd (ENL) will provide in-service support as Saab’s partner in New Zealand. This is their first sale in the region for a…

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‘Aotearoa’ The Name Chosen for Navy’s Largest Ship

April 10, 2017 – The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has announced that the name of its newest and biggest ship will be HMNZS Aotearoa. Construction of the new 24,000-tonne vessel, the largest ship ever operated by the RNZN, will start next year, for delivery in January 2020. Five members of an RNZN panel, chaired by Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore David Gibbs, considered a range of names, with a shortlist presented to Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin for his final decision. It was a big name for…

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