New Survey Vessel bought... Oct 22, 2018 9:50:18 GMT 12
Post by gibbo on Oct 22, 2018 9:50:18 GMT 12
I said years ago ( nobody listened ) that our Navy should be buying US Coast Guard vessels , even second hand . Long range , good crew facilities , ocean going ( think Alaskan and Aleutian waters ) have a pop gun and are IRB capable . Nobody will listen as Defence think that they always need big ticket items . Yet a Hiluk with a bunch of 50 cals in the tray seem to hit the spot in many places and the hard tipped $5000 rounds that are fired against them just go right through.So then you need a laser guided $2 million missile to do the job ,and I think thats how the Defence industry works . So never ask them how to crack an egg.
Wow....! Rest assured this will be no Charles Upham! This vessel will be doing merely an extension of what she was built for and she was built to do this stuff in the North Sea & environs so she'll handle the rough stuff! Mark my words, she'll prove to be a quite capable asset. Will take a while to get into service as (1) she is in commercial use till the end of the year (2) She has up to 3 months of phase 1 mods (3) 5-6 weeks to transit to NZ (4) A couple of months phase 2 mods (5) RNZN need to get crew trained, SOPs completed etc (6) Start releasing capability.
Many projects here & overseas hit roadblocks - more often as not thru political interference in choosing platforms that suit political & budget considerations as a priority over & above getting the best tool for the job. The measure of a projects success is however not how cheap nor pain-free the purchase is initially, but how effectively issues get sorted & how the platform delivers over it's life, of which spares availability is a key consideration. It seems LMT had the firing pins replaced before the story even became public!
Looking at your suggestions for platforms - HiLux with an HMG, or US Coast Guard patrol vessels it suggest that you feel a primarily peacekeeping force is what we should be doing, as you can't do combat with either. That's all fine & dandy except clearly the NZ Govt, including the current one (as the P8 purchase shows) requires the NZDF to maintain a degree of combat capability which is important of course for integration with our defence partners which is the cornerstone of our 'collective security' policy. If we turned up at a coalition operation with Hi-Luxes & patrol vessels and it became a 'hot' operation we'd be sent packing by our partners as we would then be a liability.
So rather than what the media see as Defence heads wanting the most expensive toys (which they rarely get) what occurs is they (Defence heads & Ministry of Defence) they look at what best meets the Govt policy direction and then make a determination on what the best platform is to do the job at least risk to life, budgets, public perception, and ability to get the job done. ....You get what you pay for!