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    But does the MCCU really matter any longer. A...

    But does the MCCU really matter any longer. A decision made 7 years ago during a year when Defence budgets were cut? The last 15 years may have been awful for the NZDF but the next 15 years in terms...
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    They the MinDef pissed up a wall a hell of a lot...

    They the MinDef pissed up a wall a hell of a lot more than that back in the Noughties. A veritable roll call of stupidity.
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    The current DefMin is a former Army Officer, a...

    The current DefMin is a former Army Officer, a noted MCCU critic in opposition and has thankfully sorted the MCCU mess out noting that 7 years was enough to time in a VfM sense to write off a $13m...
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    To be fair it is 7 years since the MCCU was...

    To be fair it is 7 years since the MCCU was introduced and the manufacturer is ceasing production so rolling replacements are over anyway. Was a good opportunity to make the change as the soldier...
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    Is this going to be again vacant? General Claudio...

    Is this going to be again vacant? General Claudio Graziano was only appointed last November and has over 2 years to run on his appointment. The Director General of EU Military Staff is coming vacant...
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    Two to three Type 26 mooted for the RNZN future...

    Two to three Type 26 mooted for the RNZN future Anzac frigate replacement.

    https://www.ft.com/content/c1364ce4-a3ed-11e9-974c-ad1c6ab5efd1

    With the RAN, RCN and RN using it does make sense with...
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    With less active vessels in service and with just...

    With less active vessels in service and with just 2 air surveillance assets the political will may challenge them not to mention the environmental and financial cost to Ireland and the food security...
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    I see that this bloke Kehoe has been in his role...

    I see that this bloke Kehoe has been in his role for 8 years. He must really be quite the house trained hamster by the civil service after that period of time.
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    The Save the Royal Navy Blog published a new...

    The Save the Royal Navy Blog published a new article on July 5.

    In focus – the Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigate candidate
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    The latest edition of NZ Defence and Security...

    The latest edition of NZ Defence and Security sector quarterly magazine Line of Defence is now out.

    https://defsec.net.nz/2019/07/01/winter-2019/

    You can link to a pdf download from there.
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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...
  17. 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....
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  22. 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...
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    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...
  25. 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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