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New Zealand to retire replenishment ship in December 2017

31 October 2017

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will retire its 138 m replenishment ship, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), on 15 December.

The vessel, which has been in service since April 1988, will be retired in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, said the service.

Endeavour was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan, South Korea. The ship is based on a commercial tanker design, but with a naval replenishment-at-sea (RAS) rig.

Endeavour will be replaced with a new 24,000-tonne maritime sustainment capability (MSC) vessel, which has also been contracted to HHI.

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