USNI News – Australia and New Zealand have deployed ships and aircraft for humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano on Saturday.
US Naval War College Review – The ongoing effective revival of ANZUS relations is vital to allowing the New Zealand Defence Force to fulfill the ever-increasing range of tasks expected of it. Impending capability-replacement decisions provide an opportunity to increase the capacity of the NZDF to operate with the United States in an environment that makes maritime cooperation especially important.
BMPD – On December 23, 2020, in Kaliningrad, a ceremony was held to raise the Navy flag on the second large landing ship of project 11711 Pyotr Morgunov (serial number 0302). The ship was accepted into the Russian Navy.
(Thanks to Alain)
– Naval News – The Royal New Zealand Navy commissioned the HMNZS Aotearoa, the service’s new fleet tanker and sustainment vessel.
– Reuters – New Zealand has agreed to buy four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes, Defence Minister Ron Mark said on Monday, strengthening surveillance capabilities as it works to counter the rise of new powers, such as China.
– The Guardian – The Royal New Zealand Navy paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over four years to a ship services company run by a man now imprisoned in the US for an enormous corruption and sex scandal.
– US Naval War College Review – While the Australian Defense Force and New Zealand Defense Force maintain a relatively high level of interoperability, further enhancements in the area of amphibious capability could be achieved through greater integration, specifically through emulating the model adopted by the United Kingdom / Netherlands Amphibious Force (UKNLAF).
– BBC – Australian, Canadian and US warships are helping with evacuations and supplying aid to the New Zealand town of Kaikoura after a series of tremors.
– USNI News – After more than 30 years, an American warship will pull into a New Zealand port in November and could mark the start of regular port visits for the U.S. Navy
Defense Technology International – The New Zealand navy has just launched the third of four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs), the Pukaki, marking another step in the countryís plan to field seven Protector fleet ships before year end.
Defense Technology International – HMNZS Canterbury (L 421), the Royal New Zealand Navy’s brand-new multi-role vessel (MRV) amphibious transport ship, is on its first major multinational exercise.