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Hyundai to launch New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker in April 2019

02 October 2018
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  • A fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy will be launched in April 2019
  • Country is on track to receive its largest-ever naval vessel by 2020

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will launch a fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in April 2019, the service has confirmed.

The vessel, which will be in service as HMNZS Aotearoa (A 12) once commissioned, was laid down in August 2018 at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan. It was acquired under the NZD493 million (USD324 million) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) programme to replace its decommissioned fleet oiler, Endeavour .

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