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Largest ever RNZN ship reaches home

29th June 2020 - 23:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The 26,000t replenishment ship HMNZS Aotearoa arrived at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland on 26 June after completing its delivery voyage from South Korea. It was welcomed home by a flyover of three air force aircraft.

The vessel built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) had departed Ulsan on 10 June. The tanker is expected to be formally commissioned in a ceremony later in July.

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) describes the biggest ship in its history as a maritime sustainment vessel. It measures 173.2m long and 24.5m wide.

Interestingly, HHI built the tanker that HMNZS Aotearoa is replacing, HMNZS

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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