HMNZS Aotearoa Departs for RIMPAC 22

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Aotearoa will be taking part in the world’s largest international maritime exercise for the first time, as part of a five-and-a-half month deployment to the Asia Pacific region. After COVID-19 restrictions kept participants at sea only for the previous Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational exercise, RIMPAC 22 will be back to a full-scale,…

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Babcock to Refit RNZN OPVs Before Sale to Ireland

Local New Zealand businesses are set to reap the benefits of a partnership between Babcock and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) which will conduct maintenance and upgrade works on two decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Inshore Patrol Vessels before they are sold to the Republic of Ireland. Babcock and NZDF will regenerate and modify the ships – ex…

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Babcock Awarded New Zealand Defence Force Contract

Babcock has been awarded a further seven and a half year Maritime Fleet Sustainment Service contract by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), further strengthening its relationship with the Royal New Zealand Navy. As the Strategic Maritime Partner to the NZDF, Babcock will provide asset management services, including engineering, project management, production and operational support, to the entire Royal New…

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Communications Upgrade for Te Kaha Class

August 17, 2021 – Work is underway to upgrade the communications systems on board New Zealand’s two Anzac-class frigates, HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana, the Minister of Defence Peeni Henare announced today. Cabinet has approved the $21.2 million design of a new frigate communications system, which will include a new control system, modern radios, data and voice communication systems.…

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HMNZS Canterbury Delivering Water Tanks & Solar Panels to Tokelau

November 4, 2020 – The Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury has set sail for Tokelau to deliver much-needed infrastructure, including water tanks and solar panels. The ship will also stop in the Kermadec Islands to assist other government agencies with re-supply and maintenance activities on Raoul Island. Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour, said the…

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HMNZS Manawanui heads to Rim of the Pacific exercise around Hawaii

July 28, 2020 – The New Zealand Defence Force will exercise key capabilities used in maritime surveillance and disaster responses while enhancing its interoperability with other nations during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in August. The Royal New Zealand Navy dive and hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui with 66 crew on board left Devonport Naval Base today to participate…

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