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  • #46

    Do I see the Pennant number L421 on the Ships side, or is it my eyes playing tricks on me?

    What logic does the New Zealand pennant numbering sequence follow, if any?

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    • #47
      Since the RNZN is a small navy, and in the past have had second hand ships from the United Kingdom, there is no logic in the numbering system.

      However, names and numbers have been allotted to the new ships. In their commissioning order:
      The MRV L 421 Canterbury
      The OPVs P 148 Otago and P 55 Wellington
      The IPVs P 3569 Rotoiti, P 3571 Hawea, P 3568 Pukaki, and P 3570 Taupo

      These are previous ship names and numbers in its history, although Otago had to steal Taranaki's number as F 111 was given to the Anzac class frigate Te Mana.

      In American dollars the MRV cost $110 million, the OPVs cost around $40 million each, and the four IPVs cost around $6 million each.
      Last edited by Sea Toby; 26 April 2006, 01:59.


      • #48
        More photos of the MRV being fitted out HERE

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        • #49
          This was lost in the downtime.

          Navy names seven new ships
          The names and affiliated home ports of the Navy’s seven new Protector ships were announced by Defence Minister Phil Goff on Friday 31 March.

          The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson said that the announcement of the ships’ names was another significant milestone in the delivery of 7 new ships under Project Protector. “The names that have been chosen for the new vessels illustrates not only the Navy heritage but the enduring links between the Navy and New Zealand”. “These are names that the Navy is very happy with and I’m sure the many ex sailors who served on the original ships will feel exactly the same” he says.

          The Navy’s Protector fleet will comprise of seven ships of three different classes; one Multi Role Vessel (MRV), two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV).

          All seven ships will be commissioned into operational service for the Royal New Zealand Navy at staged intervals during 2007 with the Multi Role Vessel scheduled for January and the last Inshore Patrol Vessel in October 2007.

          MRV - CANTERBURY, Jan 07 (Christchurch/Canterbury)
          OPV(1) - OTAGO, Apr 07 (Dunedin/Otago/Southland)
          OPV(2) - WELLINGTON, Oct 07 (Wellington)
          IPV(1) - ROTOITI, Jan 07 (Napier/Hawkes Bay)
          IPV(2) - HAWEA, May 07 (Greymouth/Wesport/West Coast)
          IPV(3) - PUKAKI, Sep 07 (Nelson/Marborough)
          IPV(4) - TAUPO, Dec 07 (Whangerei/Northland)

          Multi Role Vessel (MRV) on the water after launching

          Background on the Names
          The Multi Role Vessel and two Offshore Patrol Vessels are named after Leander or Otago Class frigates in commission in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1966 until 2005. HMNZS CANTERBURY was the last to be decommissioned, on 31 March 2005, after 33 years operational service.

          “The Navy has historically enjoyed a strong relationship with the Canterbury District, and we are pleased to be continuing this into the future with our Multi Role Vessel.” said the Chief of Navy. “We look forward to re-establishing connections with our capital city and further south in Dunedin, where regional visibility of the Navy has at times been limited.”

          The Multi Role Vessel brings entirely new capabilities of military sealift and amphibious operations to the Royal New Zealand Navy. It will operate as an element of the Naval Support Force, around New Zealand and in the South East Asian region.

          The two Offshore Patrol Vessels are designed as versatile vessels capable of multi-agency operations in support of national security tasks, with a secondary capability to operate in support of miscellaneous maritime operations.

          The names chosen for the Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) reflect two classes of earlier RNZN ships of the same names. They represent four of the six LOCH Class Frigates that fought in the Korean War between 1951 and 1953. The names were also used for the LAKE Class Patrol Craft that carried out 'resource protection' patrols around New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.

          Image of Inshore Patrol Vessel at sea

          The current IPVs are to fulfil a similar protection role, conducting EEZ patrols of New Zealand’s maritime borders, and working in a multi-agency environment to achieve government outputs.

          The four names maintain a geographical balance – Taupo and Rotoiti being North Island lakes, Hawea and Pukaki being South Island lakes.

          Navy records state that while each Island has a Lake Rotoiti the original ROTOITI was named after the North Island lake.

          Regional Affiliation
          Each ship is affiliated with a city and region of New Zealand in continuation of current naval practise. Ships traditionally develop a unique and close relationship with their ‘home port’. The locations of affiliated regions were chosen to ensure geographical balance of the Navy’s fleet throughout New Zealand.

          Associations are developed between a ship and charities or organisations within their region. The ship may be issued a ‘Freedom of the City’ Charter which allows the officers and sailors onboard the “right and privilege, without further permission being obtained, of marching at all times with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying, bayonets fixed and swords drawn.”

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          • #50
            Protector Update
            The Navy’s new Multi-Role Vessel (pictured right), to be named CANTERBURY, has a vehicle capacity for up to 40 NZLAVs (the Army’s new armoured fighting vehicle) along with an embarked force of up to 250 personnel.

            The MRV’s commercial design heritage provides a comfortable and flexible level of accommodation for the embarked force, utilising a series of 12 berth cabins (four sets of bunks three deep) which are located in the superstructure on the same level as the flight deck. The ease of movement for fully equipped troops to or from the flight deck has been emphasised within the design criteria. Movement between decks is provided via two wide stair wells or a large centrally located service elevator.

            Separate embarked force messing facilities and recreational areas are provided, including:

            a gymnasium,
            embarked force administration office,
            stores areas,
            workshops, and
            offices for government agency officials.
            The embarked force will also have its own armoury and magazine, located forward on the cargo vehicle deck.

            As well as the vehicle lanes (total length 403m), CANTERBURY will be able to embark up to thirty three 20 ft ISO containers, of which eight may contain ammunition. Some of the container points are provided with power sockets to allow connection for Reefer Refrigerated containers. There is also space for up to twenty NATO-standard pallets.

            In addition, a separate Hazardous Goods Facility is provided, allowing for 2 x 20ft ISO containers, and dedicated paint and petrol stowages. The Army’s LAVs LOVs and Unimogs run on diesel. Petrol is required for only a limited range of Army equipment (motorcycles, Quads and some generators) and so would be embarked for specific purposes only.

            Due to the wide range of cargo that may be present in the Vehicle Deck at any one time extensive firefighting systems are being installed, with smoke and flame monitoring as well a Drencher and Sprinkler systems. Four NH90 Utility Helicopters can be carried in addition to the MRV’s own SH-2G helicopter. All of these aviation spaces are afforded AFFF sprinkler fire protection.

            Ship - Shore Transfer System
            The new CANTERBURY will have a range of methods for moving cargo and personnel from the ship to shore. ‘Cargo’ will generally be either:

            vehicles (i.e. LAVs, LOVs, trucks, earthmoving machinery, or trailers with or without ISO 20 ft containers),
            separate ISO containers, or
            smaller items.
            The various methods for ship/shore movement will be:

            load/unload Landing Craft Medium (LCM) via stern ramp,
            load/unload LCM via the ship’s 60 tonne capacity cranes, with access through hatches in the flight deck,
            load/unload MRV via side and or stern ramp on to a wharf,
            load/unload MRV via crane through flightdeck hatches direct to a wharf, or
            helicopter under-slung loads.
            The ship’s two RHIBs can also be used, for small numbers of personnel.

            If the ship can’t get alongside, a key aspect for the MRV operations will be the ability to move vehicles and freight across the hydraulic-controlled stern ramp to the Landing Craft.

            Two LCM's back to back on the water


            CANTERBURY’s LCMs

            The Landing Craft Medium (LCMs) are significant vessels in their own right, being 23m long and displacing approximately 55 tonnes when empty. When loaded with 2 NZLAVs an LCM will displace 100 tonnes. Weight limit on the empty weight of the LCM is to enable them to be embarked using the MRVs 60 Tonne crane. (To appreciate the size of the LCM it is worth comparing them to the IPCs, which are only a little longer at 27m and displace 91 tonnes).

            Side-on view of LCM
            The LCMs will have a crew of 3; the LCMs are designed for beach landings and are fitted with a ballasting system to allow for safe operation when loading and unloading cargo. They also carry a kedge anchor, used to assist hauling the LCM back off the beach.

            The Stern Ramp of the MRV has “marriage blocks” that allow the LCM to position itself forward or aft on the ramp and “Flippers” that ensure athwartships alignment. The stern of the LCM will be held in position with steadying lines running to the MRV port and starboard quarters. As can be seen in the photo the LCMs have a near-flat bottom that leads aft to a central fairing with no rudder, but with both azimuth thrusters on either quarter.

            Propulsion is by two Azimuth Thrusters, powered by Scania D19 diesels of 235Kw (315hp) driving through z-drives. The LCMs are very maneuverable as the thrust can be directed in 360 degrees from the z-drive thrusters.

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            • #51
              New Zealand's new MRV, L 421 Canterbury, is going to be a very useful ship in the South Pacific. For half the price of a Dutch Rotterdam LPD, and half the sealift, this ship will fit in well in their fleet. Its not too big, but big enough.


              • #52
                Tenix's Project Protector

                Tenix's PR work on Project Protector which makes reference to the LPV's. Two Kiwi officers spent 6 weeks each in Ireland, predominantly at sea on the LPV's over the past four years.
                Attached Files


                • #53
                  As mentioned earlier, a report of the experiences of one of their officers can be found HERE

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                  • #54
                    OPVs take next step in construction
                    Modules of the Navy's two new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) departed New Zealand on their way to Australia on 12 June 2006.

                    The hangar, funnel and bridge modules were barged from their construction site in Whangarei to Williamstown, Australia where they will be be joined to the other modules to complete the construction.

                    The two new vessels, to be named Wellington and Otago, will be delivered into Navy service during 2007.

                    Above: A module from OPV 2 (Wellington) is prepared to be barged.
                    The OPVs will be versatile vessels capable of multi-agency operations in support of national security tasks, with a secondary task of operating in support of various maritime operations.

                    Above: OPV modules being towed by barge from Whangerei.
                    Several Northland engineering companies won sub-contracts from Tenix for various construction aspects of the project. A programme was developed by Tenix to maximise New Zealand industry involvement in the ship building.

                    As well as modules of the two Offshore Patrol Craft, all four of the Lake-class Inshore Patrol Vessels are being built in Whangarei.


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                    • #55
                      Updated photos of RNZN MRV

                      Two photos of the Kiwi MRV in Holland. Taken from
                      Attached Files


                      • #56
                        Big fuddermucker! Thats a serious crane on the deck...

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                        • #57
                          Since the LCM-8 landing craft weights 59 tons, the Canterbury's cranes are rated at 60 tons. Here are a few pictures of her during sea trials recently. New Zealand chose not to have a well dock to leave more storage for equipment, the landing craft have to be lifted. The cranes will also be useful in many South Pacific ports that don't have cranes. She can also disembark equipment via her two ramps, one aft and one starboard.

                          Last edited by Sea Toby; 24 July 2006, 17:56.


                          • #58
                            Excellent photos toby. Keep us updated. Which way will she be heading home? East or west? Perhaps she could Pop in the Naval Base Haulbowline so our lads can crawl all over her.

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                            • #59
                              that's a damn nice looking ship.....if your there Santa, I know what I want for christmas
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                              • #60
                                Hello all from NZ this is my first post to your forum and thanks for the oppitunity to comment.On the MRV i know sea trials are ongoing,the Irish naval service has had some of your officers aboard and i hope they come down to nz for its shakedown cruise.On a slightly different note the nz govt has ordered 8 nh90 helos/2 options and 6 light utilityhelos options not sure if Ec 135/145 models.