The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service.
The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in Auckland.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, the 138 m long Endeavour is based on a commercial tanker design, but with a naval replenishment-at-sea (RAS) rig. The ship, which has a full-load displacement of 10,325 tonnes, was launched in August 1987 and commissioned into the RNZN in April 1988.
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