Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 26, 2010 19:36:14 GMT 12
The Navy now has to buy a new supply and refuelling ship to replace the HMNZS Endeavour. Apparently the current ship is now considered "not green enough" and thus they have to find $85 million to buy a new one, and must do so in the next three years.
It's not a sudden revelation, the Navy has known about this for some time and has been planning the purchase of a replacement. The Endeavour does not meet the current international maritime standards for tankers, or whatever class it fits in to.
So as well as the ability to carry fuel, aviation fuel and water etc, the vessel also has a couple of helicopter landing spots and room to carry Army type vehicles (from port dock to port dock ie unloads/loads up at a wharf - not via Landing Craft etc) and some troops.
A damn interesting concept for NZ, esp for South Pacific re-supply etc. Esp if the Sealift vessel Canterbury is out of action or is deployed elsewhere, then NZ has a second ship available for (some types of) taskings etc.
However what Navy wants and what Govt gives (in terms of a budget) is another story altogether etc. The Canterbury, alas, is a perfect example of this.
Heh, heh, mind you that toy boat has a certain look about it eg could it be hand painted, made of metal perhaps and when, dunno, maybe the 60's or 70's?
If so, nah, it might be worth a bit more nowadays eg to a collector, so alas the good folks at Treasury will say it's unaffordable to the Navy and instead suggest a dirt cheap plastic type as found at the $2 shop!
Post by kiwiscanfly on Apr 25, 2010 14:05:12 GMT 12
yea but knowing China they will make it from plastic and then not finish it and then when you put it in the water it will leak and then they won't fix it and the list goes on............... oh and the chinese have been know to want to get every cent they can from you so it might not be that cheap