Fleet Commanders Travel to Australia

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo visited Australia from May 8–12, 2022 to reaffirm the strong and enduring friendship and alliance between Australia and the United States. Paparo met with a number of senior Australian officials to discuss the importance of maritime security and interoperability between naval forces especially in the critical Southwest Pacific Ocean, including: Minister of Defence…

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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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Semaphore: 50 Years of Exercise RIMPAC

October 2021 marks 50 years since the navies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States took part in the first Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The biennial, US-led exercise is held in Hawaii and in the waters off Southern California. Military forces from nations circling the Pacific Rim and beyond are invited to participate in training and…

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JPN-USA-GBR-NLD-CAN-NZL Multilateral Exercise

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) unit conducts a multilateral exercise with the U.S. Navy (USN), Royal Navy (RN), Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in order to strengthen cooperation and realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with…

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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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Beca Applied Technologies Teams with BExercise Pacific Vard Marine on RNZN SOPV Project

September 9, 2020 – Beca Applied Technologies Ltd, with the support of specialist naval architecture company Vard Marine Inc, have been appointed by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as the Technical Support Partner to the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel (SOPV) project. Beca and Vard Marine will join the Ministry’s Integrated Project Team providing systems engineering, concept design and technical…

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