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New Zealand approves new support vessel

10th July 2014 - 08:18 GMT | by Ian Kemp in London

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The New Zealand government has given its approval for the replacement of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s tanker HMNZS Endeavour with a new replenishment ship.

Defence minister Jonathan Coleman announced on 9 July that the defence force needs to provide fuel and logistics support to its deployed ships helicopters and vehicles. The Maritime Projection and Sustainment Capability (MPSC) programme will provide a new ship with additional capabilities.

‘It will increase the NZDF’s ability to support and sustain navy, army and air force operations at home and further afield,’ he said.

The government’s Defence Capability Plan, published in June 2014, stated

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