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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Taranaki to Farewell HMNZS Endeavour

An official reception, Charter Parade and Open Day will be the highlights of HMNZS Endeavour’s last visit to her home port of New Plymouth later this month. After 30 years of service, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) support tanker will celebrate her links with Taranaki in the lead-up to her decommissioning in December. She will begin her decommissioning with a week-long visit to Port Taranaki, arriving at 10am on Tuesday, 14 November, following a successful final deployment supporting the Royal Australian Navy. An official reception will be held at…

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NZDF to Transport Fuel by Sea and Road

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will help transport fuel around the country by sea and road to help ease a jet fuel shortage triggered by a damaged oil pipeline in Auckland last week. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the Royal New Zealand Navy tanker HMNZS Endeavour would sail for Marsden Point Oil Refinery on Thursday morning to upload up to 4.8 million liters of diesel fuel for delivery to ports in New Zealand. “Endeavour can provide the equivalent of 150 road tankers of…

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Success Flexes Mariner Skills

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million liters of fuel. During EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, Success flexed her mariner skills by achieving a three-point replenishment, where the ship simultaneously replenished two ships with fuel, while consigned cargo was transferred by the ship’s MRH90, multi-role helicopter. In one particular day, Success transferred approximately 1.5 million liters of fuel and 20,800 kg of fresh produce to HMA Ship’s Darwin,…

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HMAS Parramatta tops up tanks

  March 11, 2017 – When you’re on the run from enemy submarines, defending against hostile aircraft, and fighting to maintain sea control, it’s always good to know that food, fuel and essential supplies are not far away. The worry is reduced even further when they’re delivered by close friends and neighbors with a reassuring smile. That was the case for Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta recently when she rendezvoused with Royal New Zealand Navy replenishment ship HMNZS Endeavour in the southern Indian Ocean. The two ships have been participating in the complex and multinational maritime warfare exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the Western Australian…

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Training to Fight – Navies Exercise off West Coast

February 27, 2017 – More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy. The inaugural Exercise Ocean Explorer will include international participants, adding the opportunity to practice war fighting with language, customs and technology differences. SPS Cristobal Colon, New Zealand’s HMNZS Te Kaha and Endeavour and, for a brief period, Italian frigate ITS Caribiniere will all integrate into the Australian scenarios. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said the activity aimed to train…

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