Military Capabilities

RNZN to re-set for future challenges in 2020s

11 June 2019

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is set to enhance its capabilities over the next decade to meet a growing number of commitments and increase engagement in the Pacific and Southern Oceans.

A new Defence Capability Plan (DCP) launched by defence minister Ron Mark on 11 June has identified a need for improved sealift capability and maritime patrol among other requirements that will re-set the service to face the future challenges of climate change and Chinese influence outlined in New Zealand’s Strategic Policy Statement released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018.

Under the DCP the RNZN will procure a new amphibious platform that “will be able to carry more people, stores, and equipment” than the existing sealift ship HMNZS Canterbury .

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