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12 Apr 17. Royal New Zealand Navy names its largest vessel HMNZS Aotearoa. The Royal New Zealand Navy has named its latest and largest vessel as HMNZS Aotearoa. The 24,000t HMNZS Aotearoa will be delivered to the navy in January 2020, and will be the biggest ship ever operated by the New Zealand Navy. Construction of the vessel is slated to begin next year. Royal New Zealand Navy chief rear admiral John Martin said: “HMNZS Aotearoa will represent us as a nation on the international stage, whether conducting operational support, maritime sustainment or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
“Aotearoa will be recognisable within the Pacific region and identifiable with all New Zealanders.”
HMNZS Aotearoa has twice the displacement capability of HMNZS Endeavour, which is scheduled for decommissioning next year.
It was be constructed by South Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries, and will also be able to carry 30% more fuel than HMNZS Endeavour, which the new vessel is set to replace.
Martin added: “Aotearoa will have the ability to deploy anywhere in the world to support maritime operations and enhance our combat force.
“It has the ability to conduct embarked helicopter operations and will be capable of carrying a significant tonnage of operational supplies, and it will provide an important Antarctic support capability to assist with our Southern Ocean monitoring.”
HMNZS Aotearoa will be the world’s first naval ‘Environship’, with Hyundai using the Rolls-Royce Environship concept design under licence permission.
The vessel will feature a new wave-piercing hull that reduces resistance and lowers fuel use, while its combined diesel electric and diesel propulsion plant will have lower fuel emissions than older vessels. (Source: naval-technology.com)
12 Apr 17. Kuwaiti navy receives another landing ship. The Kuwait Naval Force (KNF) has commissioned a 64 m-long landing ship, Saffar (L 6401), at the Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) yard, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on 5 April. The vessel is part of an order for three landing ships and five 16 m-long landing craft that was announced in 2013. Photographs released by KUNA indicate it is very similar or the same as the 64 m landing ships that are already in service with the United Arab Emirates Navy.
ADSB handed over Sabhan (L 4201), a 42 m-long landing ship, to Kuwait during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi in February. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Apr 17. DCNS delivers multi-mission frigate Auvergne, the fourth FREMM for the French Navy. On 11 April in Toulon, DCNS delivered the FREMM multi-mission frigate Auvergne to the French Navy, as stipulated in the contract. This frigate is the fourth of the series ordered by OCCAR1 on behalf of the DGA (French armament procurement agency).
Delivery of the FREMM multi-mission frigate Auvergne is the result of a design and construction process managed by DCNS in close cooperation with the French Navy, DGA and OCCAR teams. This technological and industrial success employed many DCNS sites and its partners and subcontractors to ensure compliance with the industrial milestones, in particular the launching in September 2015 and the first sea outing in September 2016.
“The delivery of the FREMM Auvergne represents an opportunity to applaud the industrial and
technological prowess of DCNS and its subcontractors. The frigate Auvergne illustrates our capacity
to produce and deliver on time a series of front-line combat vessels to satisfy the needs of our client
navies”, indicates Nicolas Gaspard, director of the FREMM programme at DCNS.
On completion, the FREMM programme will represent the construction of ten vessels on the DCNS Lorient s