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    Would it be impertinent to suggest that in...

    Would it be impertinent to suggest that in Ireland, Department of Defence positions generally have more to do with shuffling civil servants around various departments to build career experience and...
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    And the not inconsiderable effort in bring the...

    And the not inconsiderable effort in bring the three Hobarts into service is also a factor is another mitigating aspect.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCzHs0j0pYs&t=302s...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCzHs0j0pYs&t=302s

    Take a 360° Tour - HMNZS MANAWANUI
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    They are not leaving the RNZN for Australia. It...

    They are not leaving the RNZN for Australia. It is very difficult to join the RAN as a non Australian citizen. The RNZN muster has been pretty stable recently. Yes about 5-6 years ago a few left for...
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    The NZDF Defence Capability Plan 2019 has been...

    The NZDF Defence Capability Plan 2019 has been released:

    https://defence.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Defence-Capability-Plan-2019.pdf

    First up is the replacement of the C-130H and the C-130J-30 has...
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    NZDF Defence budget will see $744m for Cap Ex...

    NZDF Defence budget will see $744m for Cap Ex which will go towards the P-8A, the new Manawanui, network enabled army, a NH90 sim, plus the replacement Protected Mobility project. They will get...
  7. Getting back to a the idea of a Future Common...

    Getting back to a the idea of a Future Common Helicopter Fleet for the AC/CG/NS/Ambulance/Garda in my view the roles and capabilities required are so widely different it would make this difficult....
  8. The truth Dev is that the fleet were never...

    The truth Dev is that the fleet were never grounded following the engine cutout incident at Marlborough. The "grounding" was a media invention to sensationalise the incident. The NH90's were briefly...
  9. The RNZAF NH90's are fine, though I accept others...

    The RNZAF NH90's are fine, though I accept others have had problems when they have tried to bespoke them for their own needs rather than take one off the main production line. Cleared by an Auditor...
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    Leaked New Zealand Government Budget 2019...

    Leaked New Zealand Government Budget 2019 documents given to the opposition two days out from the Budget day have outline a massive leap in Defence Spending for the NZDF out to €2.45B (NZD$4.16B)...
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    Thanks for sharing that. So thats where Mark...

    Thanks for sharing that.

    So thats where Mark Harvey ex RNZN ended up.
  12. https://www.thetelegram.com/news/regional/irving-t...

    https://www.thetelegram.com/news/regional/irving-to-build-two-more-arctic-patrol-ships-in-halifax-314621/

    To bridge the AOPS programme to the RCN Type 26 (In the same vein of the River B2 to the...
  13. Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard Shipbuilding Programme

    The Canadians are in the middle of a number of new projects with the Type 26 and the AOPV of particular interest.
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    I wonder if it is that the Arrowhead 140 ticks...

    I wonder if it is that the Arrowhead 140 ticks the boxes yet cannot be acquired for anything near the 250m bottom line.

    The Indonesians are looking at locally building two Iver Huitfeld F-370's...
  15. That is the OEM Huey II program based on the...

    That is the OEM Huey II program based on the single engine UH-1H where they remanufacture and zero hour the airframe, uprated Honeywell T53-L-703 engine, new rotor hub and blades, glass cockpit and a...
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    Evidently built airframes but without the engine...

    Evidently built airframes but without the engine or cockpit / avionics fit-out.
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    https://www.orskov.dk/conversion-of-edda-fonn-from...

    https://www.orskov.dk/conversion-of-edda-fonn-from-research-vessel-to-diving-support-vessel/#prettyPhoto

    A short article about the conversion of the MV Edda Fonn for the RNZN.
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    No. It is just that other than the US they are...

    No. It is just that other than the US they are the only affluent western liberal democracy to take national security in its wider sense seriously.
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    The soon to be HMNZS Manawanui DSV is on its way...

    The soon to be HMNZS Manawanui DSV is on its way home.

    https://navaltoday.com/2019/03/29/new-zealand-navys-new-diving-support-vessel-starts-journey-from-norway/

    It will have a further RNZN fit...
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    Just a general update on the continuing RAAF...

    Just a general update on the continuing RAAF shopping spree of late ...

    They have had all their six AW-139 SAR helicopters under contract delivered.
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    Sticky: And cost factors will remain. There won't be much...

    And cost factors will remain. There won't be much change from Eur400m for a new one-off build San Giorgio/Kalaat Beni Abbes at a Fincantieri yard even with the redesign to scale it down or deleting...
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    The EC-135T2 is the new joint training helicopter...

    The EC-135T2 is the new joint training helicopter for the ADF

    http://www.navy.gov.au/aircraft/ec-135t2

    The three leased RAN Bell 429's flew their last flight a couple of weeks ago at the Avalon...
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    Around $3.2 Billion in 2015 dollars (€2.0B) has...

    Around $3.2 Billion in 2015 dollars (€2.0B) has been forecasted for this project from the 2015-2030 $20B Defence future CapEx fund. The Future Surface Combatant project is due to start this year with...
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    http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/Multimedia/Hunter_C...

    http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/Multimedia/Hunter_Class_FFG_Fact_Sheet-9-9243.pdf

    Here is the RAN's recently released Fact Sheet for the new Hunter Class Frigates.
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    Over the last 10 years the 7th fleet has been...

    Over the last 10 years the 7th fleet has been asked to do more with less in terms of operational expenditure which of course has led to degradation and mistakes viz the Fitz and McCain. I agree the...
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