Two new vessels for RNZN


The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) new fleet tanker/replenishment vessel sailed into Auckland Harbour on 26 June following a 15-day journey from the South Korean coastal city of Ulsan where it was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI),

The 173.2 m-long auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel, which will be known as HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11) once in service, was welcomed with a fly-past from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and berthed at the Devonport Naval Base where it is expected to be formally commissioned in late July, replacing fleet replenishment tanker Endeavour, which was decommissioned in December 2017.

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