You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Navy on search for new ship

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/08/2016
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee © RNZ / Alexander Robertson Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee

The navy has been given permission to shop around for a new vessel to replace its 40-year-old diving ship HMNZS Manawanui and the retired hydrographic craft HMNZS Resolution.

The ship will be used for diving work, hydrography, and mine sweeping.

"This ship will provide the RNZN Littoral Warfare Unit with a dedicated support ship that offers a range of useful capabilities in one hull," Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said on Wednesday.

The government had approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for the ship, he said.

The new ship will replace the 40-year-old diving ship HMNZS Manawanui, which is due to retire in 2018, and the hydrographic ship HMNZS Resolution, which was retired in 2012.

Mr Brownlee said the ship would offer new capabilities to support NZDF sea-to-shore operations in low to medium threat environments.

"It will be used, for example, to identify safe approaches and landing zones when harbour channels or ports are unavailable after natural disasters.

"It will have particular utility in the Pacific, assisting with humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

"The ship will also enhance the NZDF's ability to support search and rescue, salvage, and hazard clearance activities around New Zealand and in the South Pacific.

A formal request for tenders will be issued in early September.

Last month the government approved spending $493 million on a tanker to replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavour.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon