Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Australia to assist NZDF with refuelling services

hmnzs endeavour
HMNZS Endeavour gets into position to commence a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Parramatta, during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The New Zealand Defence Force’s decommissioning of replenishment tanker vessel HMNZS Endeavour on Friday has left the country relying on Australia for refuelling services until 2020.

The tanker ship had been in service for 30 years, returning from its last deployment in June. Its replacement, HMNZS Aotearoa, will not be in service until January 2020.

Advertisement
Advertisement

A Defence Force spokesperson told Radio New Zealand the Australian Navy would assist with refueling until HMNZS Aotearoa is in service.

"The Royal New Zealand Navy works on a reciprocal basis with the Royal Australian Navy and other allied navies when it comes to providing fleet fuelling services and other operational requirements in circumstances such as this," the spokesperson said.

"This shared resourcing is very common amongst partner navies."

The co-operation between both nation's navies is not unusual, with Australia and New Zealand previously forming a joint task force for disaster relief operations, headed up by HMNZS Canterbury, which was, at the time, the only suitable vessel available to both navies.

SPONSORED CONTENT

 

HMNZS Aotearoa24,000-tonne vessel, will accommodate 64 crew and will be the largest ship ever operated by the New Zealand Navy. The vessel will have twice the displacement of HMNZS Endeavour and will carry 30 per cent more fuel.

South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries is building Aotearoa.

Australia to assist NZDF with refuelling services
HMNZS-Endeavour-.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Dec 14 2019
Extension awarded for Chinook support contract
Boeing Defence Australia has been awarded a 12-month extension, as well as increased government inve...
Dec 14 2019
RAAF welcomes new P-8A Poseidon to fleet
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have officially welcomed...
Dec 13 2019
Photo Essay: 2OCU says farewell to the Classic Hornet
This week, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit conducted its fi...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network