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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
    Last edited by Anzac; 27th October 2019 at 12:57.

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    Where?
    German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
    German 2: Private? I am a general!
    German 1: That is the bad news.

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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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