Prime Minister ‘Sponsors’ New Navy Ship

May 8, 2019 – When the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new diving support and hydrographic survey vessel is formally commissioned early next month, it will be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who will be announcing, “I name this ship Manawanui”. A bottle of wine will be broken on the bow and the baptism of the latest addition to the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) fleet will be complete, continuing the centuries-old tradition of sponsorship of navy ships. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor was delighted Ardern had accepted the invitation…

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Journey to Find New Zealand’s New Dive & Hydrographic Vessek

In August this year the Minister of Defence announced the purchase of the Norwegian survey vessel Edda Fonn to close the capability gap created with the decommissioning of the survey ship HMNZS Resolution and the dive tender HMNZS Manawanui. This announcement came after eight busy months for the Diving and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV) project team of business case writing and undertaking a robust but rapid selection process that would enable the purchase of a vessel to meet the NZDF requirements within the set budget. The Diving and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV)…

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New Dive and Hydrographic vessel for Royal New Zealand Navy

August 22, 2018 – The Government has approved the purchase of a dive and hydrographic support vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy. An 85 metre Norwegian built multi-role offshore support vessel, the MV Edda Fonn, will be purchased to fill an existing capability gap. Following purchase, the Edda Fonn will be outfitted with the dive and hydrographic systems required by the Defence Force, before being delivered to Devonport Naval Base in May 2019. “The MV Edda Fonn will be a great addition to the Navy,” says Defence Minister Ron…

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Manawanui Dive Ship Legacy Continues in Ecological Role

As the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) dive tender, HMNZS Manawanui was instrumental in clearing the southern Pacific waters of unexploded ordnance left over from the Second World War. Now the decommissioned vessel will carry on a similar environmental mission, with ships sunk in battles during that war. On Monday, 2 July, at Devonport, former HMNZS Manawanui passed into the hands of Paul Adams, of Australia’s Major Projects Foundation. He will use the ship, renamed MV Recovery, to carry out research into the extent of fuel leakage and corrosion from…

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