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    Interesting aside from an article on the steel cutting of the first of the French FDI frigates, seems the New Zealand Ambassador was also at the event, does that suggest that the RNZN might be interested in a version of the FDI to replace the MEKO
    https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...ewest-frigate/

    Defense Minister Florence Parly attended the ceremony on Oct. 24 here in the company of Greek naval chief of staff Adm. Nicolaos Tsunis, whose government has entered into an exclusive negotiation with Naval Group to procure two of these vessels. Jane Coombs, New Zealand’s ambassador to France, and the Polish defense attaché also were present, indicating that these two countries may also be interested in procuring this mid-sized frigate which can be adapted to meet their specific needs.
    The Greeks are already in talks for an order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky42 View Post
    Interesting aside from an article on the steel cutting of the first of the French FDI frigates, seems the New Zealand Ambassador was also at the event, does that suggest that the RNZN might be interested in a version of the FDI to replace the MEKO
    https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...ewest-frigate/


    The Greeks are already in talks for an order.
    Seeing that they are just doing a SLEP for the ANZASs I do not think they will be replacing them soon. It could be that they are interested in seeing what Naval Group could offer for the Southern Ocean Patrol ship or as replacements for their OPVs.

    https://www.defence.govt.nz/assets/U...-Plan-2019.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Seeing that they are just doing a SLEP for the ANZASs I do not think they will be replacing them soon. It could be that they are interested in seeing what Naval Group could offer for the Southern Ocean Patrol ship or as replacements for their OPVs.

    https://www.defence.govt.nz/assets/U...-Plan-2019.pdf
    That is correct about the ANZAC's. The phased MLU which started in 2014 and will be completed in 2021/22 will give them 10-12 years meaning it is the early 2030's that their replacements are due.

    I think an Ambassador attendance it is more to do with political solidarity and support of the French Naval presence in the South Pacific where NZ,OZ, the US and France are becoming more proactive than scoping commercial deals. Future OPV's are a possibility but it is fairly apparent that when it comes to Frigates the NZ Govt wont stray from the FVEY's group now that 3 of them are boots and all into the Type 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    After a long gap in capability, today the new RNZN support ship was named HMNZS Aotearoa.
    https://twitter.com/nznavy/status/11...836809216?s=19
    It will be great to see this ship flying the flag of its country while bearing the proud country's ancestral name.
    Here is a short video and article of the above naming ceremony of Aotearoa. Double the size of the old Endeavour at 26400 tonnes and 173m.

    https://medium.com/@nzdefenceforce/n...ea-46243318eb3
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    Where?
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Where?
    Lets say it got there in the end. Technical issues with a dose of human error

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac View Post
    That is correct about the ANZAC's. The phased MLU which started in 2014 and will be completed in 2021/22 will give them 10-12 years meaning it is the early 2030's that their replacements are due.

    I think an Ambassador attendance it is more to do with political solidarity and support of the French Naval presence in the South Pacific where NZ,OZ, the US and France are becoming more proactive than scoping commercial deals. Future OPV's are a possibility but it is fairly apparent that when it comes to Frigates the NZ Govt wont stray from the FVEY's group now that 3 of them are boots and all into the Type 26.
    The UK, Can and Aus ships will be very different though in terms of combat system, sensors and weapons. The recently upgraded RNZN ANZACS and the Canadian future frigates will have as much in common as RAN and RCN variants of the BAE global combat ship.

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    Advancing Pacific Partnerships is the latest NZ Defence document relaesed today which concentrates on building military capacity within the Pacific amongst small island states that are facing the challenges of climate change, trans-national crime, resource depletion and aggressive geo-political moves by (though unnamed in this document but was in the earlier DWP) China.

    https://www.defence.govt.nz/assets/p...ships-2019.pdf

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    The RNZAF Air Power Development Centre Journal 2019 has been published.

    http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads...019-online.pdf

    They are certainly producing some thought-provoking stuff and these articles in particular are worth having a look at - Six Tenets for our Air Force, A New Zealand Space Security Strategy and Information-enabled Air Force – Eye in the Sky, or Pie in the Sky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernOne View Post
    The UK, Can and Aus ships will be very different though in terms of combat system, sensors and weapons. The recently upgraded RNZN ANZACS and the Canadian future frigates will have as much in common as RAN and RCN variants of the BAE global combat ship.
    That is indeed a widely known fact though not entirely pertinent to the point I was making. Which is that due to the three larger brother Navies whom the RNZN and NZ Govt has long standing relationships including AUSCANNZUKUS, TTCP and CCEB, all into the Type 26, they are unlikely to stray from one of those variants when the time comes to downselect as a customer/partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac View Post
    That is indeed a widely known fact though not entirely pertinent to the point I was making. Which is that due to the three larger brother Navies whom the RNZN and NZ Govt has long standing relationships including AUSCANNZUKUS, TTCP and CCEB, all into the Type 26, they are unlikely to stray from one of those variants when the time comes to downselect as a customer/partner.
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    https://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sale...-130j-aircraft

    The official announcement on the US end. These will actually be C-130J-30's. There is some serious kit going into these.

    “This purchase also includes sensors and performance improvements that will assist New Zealand during extensive maritime surveillance and reconnaissance as well as improve its search and rescue capability. Additionally, the extra cargo capacity and aircraft performance will greatly increase New Zealand's Antarctic mission capabilities while simultaneously increasing safety margins.”

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    A fantastic decision. A big capability jump from the H.
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    The latest online edition of Line of Defence a NZ based Defence and Security magazine is now available from this link.

    https://defsec.net.nz/2020/01/10/lin...e-summer-2020/

    Scroll down and you can download a pdf to save.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTDweBnQ8E

    The new 26000 tonne Polar Class auxillary ship HMNZS Aotearoa recently undertook RAS trials alongside the Philippine Navy's new 2600 tonne Frigate Jose Rizal off the coast of South Korea, which is also conducting sea trials. The Aotearoa has the capacity to replenish an Anzac class frigate nearly 14 times over, which reveals its intent as coalition asset more than as a tanker for a 2 frigate Navy. March 2021 commissioning date.

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    Anzac Day today.

    Wishing all Irish service people, their families, both past and present a happy and safe ANZAC day wherever your service was done, what ever your unit is or was.

    No Dawn Parade in NZ or OZ due to Covid 19 rules. However, in my coastal village we all went down to the beach at 0550 hours with lanterns and torches keeping to social distancing rules to pay our respects. Thought of my Irish-Kiwi grandfather who was 2nd Wellington Regiment, 1 (NZ) Brigade 1915-1919. Lest we forget.

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    Last edited by sofa; 25th April 2020 at 23:55.

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    https://twitter.com/RonMarkNZF/statu...136896/photo/1

    The RNZAF Aircrew Training Capability project has been delivered with the last of the four KA350 aircraft to 42Sqd. The KA350's will train future AWO's for the P-3K/P-8A and also conduct maritime patrol around the EEZ as part of that training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac View Post
    https://twitter.com/RonMarkNZF/statu...136896/photo/1

    The RNZAF Aircrew Training Capability project has been delivered with the last of the four KA350 aircraft to 42Sqd. The KA350's will train future AWO's for the P-3K/P-8A and also conduct maritime patrol around the EEZ as part of that training.
    So now you have four KA350 for MPA and will soon be getting 4 P-8's just for the fun of it, no we're not jealous at all...…….
    Could you not have got something other than a KA350 you know how some still haven't managed to let go!

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    To give NZ credit, the area it needs to cover would be the same as us having to patrol Iceland and the Arctic, and south as far as the Azores, and west 3/4 ways to Newfoundland.
    They can have their KA350s. They can have their P8..... and the P3K..... and their frigates....
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    So now you have four KA350 for MPA and will soon be getting 4 P-8's just for the fun of it, no we're not jealous at all...…….
    Maybe you will be after the Enhanced Maritime Air Surveillance project in 2023 and the Maritime Surveillance Satellite in 2025. But na grohmiti is right. The RNZAF has a huge part of the globe to cover in the maritime sense and NZ is a lot bigger in size than people imagine. That huge flat sandpit to our left makes it look smaller.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...comparison.jpg

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    Could you not have got something other than a KA350 you know how some still haven't managed to let go!
    The truth is mate. We only lease them from Hawker Pacific and will have to hand them back in 7 years.

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    I like this map too! https://imgur.com/sQduOZH.jpg

    KA350: Hey look two engines! Who would have thought that would be a good idea for an island nations aircraft!

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    I like this map too! https://imgur.com/sQduOZH.jpg

    KA350: Hey look two engines! Who would have thought that would be a good idea for an island nations aircraft!
    PC-24 with Spectre, rough landing capability, cargo capable ... we could go in together with a deal with Pilatus when our lease is up!

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    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/...ir-force-fleet

    NZ Government has confirmed the acquisition of five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules.

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/de...0Factsheet.pdf

    These are the latest Block 8.1 aircraft which include additional ISR capabilities. Will arrive in 2024 and fleet IOC in 2025. The B752 replacement project starts next year with an IOC in 2028.

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