Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR October 2016 Contents 48 Asia Pacific Defence Reporter OCT 2016
and land around fifty troops. Specialised equipment,
storage lockers and preparation areas will be provided.
To operate independently it will have provision of
Command, Control, Communications, Computers,
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(C4ISR) capability. This will require infrastructure
installation to support network requirements,
communications solutions, and a sensor suite for
ship’s self-defence covering radar, infra-red and visual
wavelengths including infra-red search and track and a
sensor management system.
NATO Role 1 medical facilities will comprise a two
resuscitation rooms and two isolation wards, all with
one bed each, together with laboratory, storage and
administrative areas. A separate refrigerated mortuary
will have space for five bodies.
THROUGH LIFE SUPPORT (TLS)
AND LIFE CYCLE COSTS (LCC)
All proposed New Zealand defence acquisitions
being submitted to Government require a detailed
description of integrated logistic support data and
life cycle costs as part of making the acquisition’s
strategic and business case.
As Defence states:
‘This allows Government to make a decision
based not only on the cost of initial acquisition and
development, but also a TLS package for the life of
the ship, including operation, support and disposal.
TLS encompasses a collection of disciplines that
enable and promote the integration of supportability
considerations over the capabilities entire life cycle –
from concept to disposal . . . . . the breadth and veracity
of the TLS data and LCC profiles accompanying
returns will be a major decision driver in identifying a
Components of the LCC include not only the initial
acquisition cost but also other items over an assumed
25 year service life. While these cannot be fixed in
advance over such a long period, rough order of
magnitude cost estimates are required for areas such
as operational support equipment and infrastructure,
consumables, maintenance, training, spares, through
life upgrades, compliance requirements and disposal.
Integrated logistics support is a key element of TLS
and covers engineering, maintenance, supply, spares
stock holding, training, facilities and infrastructure,
support and test equipment, contracted personnel,
technical data management, information systems
support and any upgrades required.
INTERNATIONAL SHIP DESIGNERS
AND BUILDERS ARE INTERESTED
Since 2014 the NZ Ministry of Defence has had
a policy of optimising NZ industry involvement in
defence projects. This includes publicly identifying
to NZ industry those other organisations who may
be seeking to win NZ defence contracts as prime
contractors or major sub-contractors. This is to
provide industry with contacts in these organisations
to promote their own potential contribution.
For example, in relation to the LOSC tender, the
NZ MOD ran an Industry Day in Auckland on 20th
September 2016, nineteen days after the RFT was
released. As was stated in the invitation to attend
‘The objective of the Industry Day is to enable the
LOSC Project an opportunity to brief industry on the
project and the Request for Tender documentation.
It will also provide an opportunity for Babcock NZ to
brief their maintenance and through life support role
they provide to the Royal New Zealand Navy. The
Industry Day will give an opportunity for Primes to have
one-on-one discussions with the project team and
network with potential New Zealand and international
Through this process, APDR knows that Damen
Shipyards (The Netherlands), Hyundai Heavy
Industries Co. Ltd (South Korea), Istanbul Denizcilik
Gemi INS (Turkey), STX Europe – BML (France),
and Thales (Auckland NZ, but a 35% shareholder
of DCNS, the French naval shipbuilder) are potential
Other high profile organisations including BMT
Defence Ser vices (UK), who are well known as naval
ship designers, often working in concert with Daewoo
Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (South Korea)
are interested in this business. Lockheed Martin
Canada (Canada), already working on the RNZN
ANZAC frigate system upgrades also has a keen
interest as a systems integrator. At least nine other
organisations are similarly taking interest as potential
Although a NZ MOD representative declined to
confirm to APDR exactly who attended this Industry
Day, they did state “It was well attended”.
WHERE WILL THIS CAPABILITY BE
Looking back over the past few months provides some
insight into typical usage of the new ship and LWU
At RIMPAC 2016 the Littoral Warfare Unit (LWU)
hydrography survey team worked with their US
counterparts to conduct beach survey work at Bellows
Beach. This was in preparation for an amphibious
beach landing from HMAS CANBERRA by troops from
Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and the United States.
A few days later divers from the LWU conducted a
salvage exercise which involved searching for a sunken
Not long after RIMPAC the NZDF embarked on a
coalition mission to help destroy unexploded World
War II-era munitions in the Solomon Islands. MAJGEN
Tim Gall, the Commander JFNZ, said the RNZN’s
diving and mine countermeasures support ship
HMNZS MANAWANUI and an explosive ordnance
disposal expert from the New Zealand Army would
support an Australian-led operation to clear sites near
the capital Honiara and in the nearby Russell and
Florida island groups.
“E xplosive remnants of war pose a potentially deadly
threat to local communities. The NZDF is making a
significant contribution to the safety of the people in
the Solomon Islands through its involvement in this
operation,” MAJGEN Gall said.
A similar operation in 2014 cleared 109 sites on
the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville of 2293
ammunition items containing more than 16 tonnes of
explosives. It involved more than 500 personnel from
Australia, the United States, the UK, New Zealand,
Canada and the Solomon Islands.
In March OPV HMNZS WELLINGTON transported
70 tonnes of stores to Vanua Balavu Island in Fiji’s
Northern Lau Group following Tropical Cyclone
Winston. Also on board was an LWU military
hydrographic team to conduct advanced force
operations. This involved identifying suitable navigation
routes into the Vanua Balavu lagoon and anchorages,
as well as sur veys of beach landing sites, to allow the
large amphibious support ship HMNZS Canterbury
to support the disaster relief effort with embarked
helicopters and her landing craft.
There is a certain ‘Swiss Army Knife” character to this
ship. It will be able to be configured for a wide range of
different operations both independently and in consort
with other RNZN and coalition maritime assets.
Being derived from offshore oil rigs PSVs, it will be
able to handle a wide range of sea conditions including
launching and recovering small craft via its slipway at
the top of Sea State 3.
The preferred tenderer should be identified during
2017 and there will need to be a contract signed by
the end of that year or early 2018 at the latest to meet
the planned delivery date.
The LOSC will be a great asset to the RNZN, the
wider NZDF and close allies like the ADF.
APDR advises that a concept image of this new
vessel is contained in the RNZN’s publication ‘Navy
Today’. The September 2016 issue available as an
on-line PDF from www.navy.mil.nz, with the LOSC
article and image on pages 10 and 11.
22/09/2016 5:02 PM
Links Archive APDR September 2016 APDR November 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page