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NZ SIGNS SIGNIFICANT
AGREEMENT WITH THE US
NZDF Chief, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, and US
Pacific Commander, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III,
recently signed an important logistics agreement in
Sydney which will provide significant benefits for both
The Treaty-level Acquisition and Cross
Servicing Agreement (ACSA) serves to further the
interoperability, readiness, and effectiveness of NZ
and US military forces through increased logistic
cooperation. The agreement, which does not have an
expiry date, is designed to facilitate reciprocal logistic
support between the parties to be used primarily
during combined exercises, training, deployments,
port calls, operations, or other cooperative efforts.
New Zealand will derive major benefits from ACSA.
Support is provided for both routine activities such as
exercises like RIMPAC or while on operations such
as in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf. Costs will be
reduced and efficiencies increased.
Admiral Locklear spoke thus of the new
international agreement: "The actions of our two
nations in signing this agreement are important for
our partnership, especially in the Pacific region. This
agreement, at an important time in our relationship,
will increase capability and interoperability and help
us provide more affordable support for humanitarian
relief, disaster assistance, counter-terrorism, capacity
building and collective defence throughout the Pacific
RESULTS IN MAJOR FLEET
CDR Sandra Walker has taken command of the
Replenishment Tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR during a
formal ceremony at Devonport Naval Base officiated
by the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr. She is
the first woman to command a major RNZN fleet unit.
CDR Walker said she was grateful to be given the
opportunity to command HMNZS ENDEAVOUR. "As
an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy, taking
command of a ship is something we all aspire to as
it is the pinnacle of your seagoing career".
The RNZN’s Project Protector delivered a multi-role
vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY, two offshore patrol
vessels HMNZS OTAGO and HMNZS WELLINGTON
and four Lake Class inshore patrol vessels HMNZS
TAUPO, ROTOITI, PUKAKI and HAWEA. These ships
were acquired to perform a range of sealift and naval
patrol tasks for the NZDF and civilian agencies.
They were delivered with capability shortfalls and
deficiencies that were subject to a mediation claim
and ultimately an $NZ 84.6 million settlement by
BAE Systems. The project currently being undertaken
is to remediate the shortfalls and deficiencies.
A two phase program is being undertaken where
the first phase involves detailed planning and design
work. This includes scrutiny of the costs of potential
changes in relation to the level of benefit they provide
and the amount of settlement funding that remains.
The second phase involves the remediation solutions
for CANTERBURY and the rest of the Protector fleet
which are priorities for implementation.
Work has now started on the implementation of
the prioritised list of physical changes that have been
identified during Phase One. These changes will
be undertaken in six work streams in descending
order of priority as sea-keeping; CANTERBURY’s ship
to shore transfer system; CANTERBURY’s mission
systems; aviation integration on CANTERBURY;
CANTERBURY’s medical systems; and minor safety
and compliance items.
A range of changes to address immediate safety
and capability issues are being undertaken as
well. Solutions to these issues have been identified,
detailed designs for the solutions progressed,
and any required physical changes scheduled for
implementation. Identified work will be implemented
on the ships progressively through to early 2013.
AIR FORCE SIGNS TRAINING
The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a
contract with Hawker Pacific New Zealand for the
supply and maintenance support of four advanced
King Air B200 aircraft. These replace five earlier
analogue cockpit technology B200s which were
no longer suitable for multi-engine training of pilots
going on to fly in the more advanced digital cockpits
of the RNZAF’s new and upgraded aircraft.
"The B200 aircraft is a critical component of our
fleet as it will be our interim advanced pilot training
aircraft and also provide a domestic air transport
capability," said Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell,
Chief of Air Force.
"The five year performance based-contract
encompasses an innovative finance leasing solution
provided through Hawker Pacific New Zealand. It
also provides support arrangements utilising the
unique and efficient Hawker-developed Hybrid
Airworthiness processes which have been specifically
tailored to meet the demanding RNZAF training and
air lift operational requirements," said Craig Purry,
Vice President for Government Business, Hawker
Since being notified as the preferred tenderer
the fleet of aircraft has been purchased and ferried
to New Zealand, modified, tested and accepted,
including gaining the necessary airworthiness
approval of both NZCAA and NZDF.
Prior to entering service, Hawker Pacific installed a
range of modifications to the aircraft intended to meet
the operational needs of the RNZAF, as well as to
supplement the factory standard advanced Rockwell
Collins Pro-Line 21 avionics suite and Pratt and
Whitney PT6 turbo-prop engines.
GEOFF SLOCOMBE // NEW ZEALAND
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