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LAUNCH OF 2020 READY
Lieutenant General Tim Keating, Chief of Defence
Force, announced to uniformed and civilian personnel
of the NZDF “It’s my pleasure to launch 2020 READY
the NZDF vision for achieving Enhanced Combat
Capability, the next major milestone in our long term
“This year we demonstrated the F35 milestone of
2015 Joint Task Force in Vanuatu, which we’ll test
again during Exercise Southern Katipo 15.
“It is now timely that we clearly define for ourselves
what comprises the next vital step as we transform
into a Defence Force that is equipped, informed,
supported and integrated to meet the security
challenges of 2020 and beyond.
“This phase of the strategy will see the delivery
of a range of initiatives and investments that will
enhance the way in which we deliver relevant military
capabilities over the next five years.
“The vision has four key themes — Better Tools;
Better Support; Better Informed and Better
Together. These things combined reflect the
significant investment we’re making in you so, in
2020, we are ready.”
NAVY 2020 – STRATEGIC
PLAN 2015-20 – THE
FUTURE RNZN FLEET
In August Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Chief of Navy,
released his strategic plan for the next five years as
Navy’s part of 2020 Ready.
He wrote by way of introduction ”The Royal New
Zealand Navy of 2020 will be operating enhanced
ANZAC Frigates, a new Replenishment Ship, a
new Littoral Operations Support Capability and a
third Offshore Patrol Vessel, replacing two inshore
vessels. This enhanced maritime combat capability
needs to be operated seamlessly alongside HMNZS
Canterbury and our Patrol Force.”
The RNZN decommissioned its hydrographic ship
HMNZS RESOLUTION in April 2012 and plans to
decommission its diving tender HMNZS Manawanui
in early 2018, when it will have completed 49 years
at sea — and 30 years with the RNZN. They will both
be replaced by a Littoral Operational Sustainment
The New Zealand Defence Force released an
LOSC Project Request for Information (RFI) in
October 2013 that sought information for an initial
set of User Requirements.
Since the release of the first RFI, and associated
responses from industry, the LOSC User Requirements
have been further refined through capability related
studies, the project schedule has been updated, and
the revised contract delivery date determined.
The outcomes from these activities have been
incorporated into this second RFI which closed 7
August 2015. In the intervening period, there has also
been changes in the ship design and construction
market and global macro-economic changes which
may impact on the commercial information held by
the NZDF/Ministry of Defence.
The LOSC will obviously be a fairly large vessel,
capable of transporting 58 crew and 62 embarked
personnel with an endurance of 90 days. It will be
equipped with some self-defence weapons. One
quite long specified range is at a 16 knot passage
speed. Equipped with a 100 tonne crane over the
stern, it will be capable of carrying multiple launchable
vessels of up to 9 tonnes displacement. Deck
operations will include NH-90 size helicopters and
remotely piloted aircraft systems. With an expectation
of 200 sea days per year, it should remain in service
for at least 25 years.
In the second RFI a contract is currently scheduled
for award in December 2016, with LOSC introduction
into naval service during the first half of 2019.
NZDF WELCOMES FINAL
NEW TRUCK INTO SERVICE
The last of the 194 new Medium Heavy Operational
Vehicles (MHOV) has been handed over to the New
Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in a ceremony at
Trentham Military Camp.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia Pty
Ltd won the contract to provide the new logistics
support vehicles, which replaced the aging Unimog
and Mercedes fleet.
The 4x4 six tonne (HX60); 6x6 nine tonne (HX58),
and 8x8 fifteen tonne (HX77) MHOVs are more
powerful, offer increased carrying capacity for cargo
and supplies, and are operationally proven. Bolt-on
armour kits and weapon mounts are available, offering
greater crew protection and self-defence.
The new vehicles are fully deployable, with all
variants able to be transported via the HMNZS
CANTERBURY’s side ramp.
DISPOSAL OF RNZAF
New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) invited tenders
closing 31 July 2015 from prospective purchasers for
the remaining Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
Iroquois fleet and associated holdings, which is
referred to as the ‘Iroquois package’. The Iroquois
package is to be sold on an ‘as is, where is’ basis
without any warranty as to fitness for purpose or
airworthiness in their current state.
The New Zealand Defence Industry Association
Forum focuses on Defence and Security markets
in New Zealand and Australia. The theme this year
is “Defence, Security and Industry - Expanding
our Horizons and Strengthening the Trans-Tasman
It will be held 17 – 18 November 2015 in
Wellington. Attending will be senior representatives
from New Zealand and Australian Governments,
NZDF, ADF, MoD, Australia’s Capability Acquisition
and Sustainment Group, together with international
and domestic defence industry businesses.
There will be the usual speed dating session where
MoD, NZDF and selected Prime Contractors will be
available for scheduled 20 minute discussions. For
more information go to www.nzdia.co.nz.
NEWS FROM ACROSS THE TASMAN
GEOFF SLOCOMBE // NEW ZEALAND
Truck unloading from HMNZS Cantebury
20/08/2015 5:02:21 PM
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