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New Korean-built tanker for the Navy

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

The government is spending nearly half a billion dollars on a new Korean-built tanker for the Navy.

It will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavour, and will be ice-strengthened so it can operate in Antarctica.

"The project will cost $493 million and will support a full range of NZDF deployments, including maritime sustainment and humanitarian and disaster relief operations," Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said on Monday.

"The Defence Force can't operate without fuel, water, ammunition and other bulk goods, and the most effective way to deliver fuel to ships, aircraft and vehicles deployed overseas is by tanker."

The tanker will be built by South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries and is expected to be delivered in 2020.

Mr Brownlee says it will be significantly larger than the Endeavour and will be able to refuel two ships at a time, carry and refuel Defence Force helicopters, produce and store water, and store and transport bulk goods.

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