Interesting the 2 shades of grey visible at certain angles, a quick touch-up for the ceremony perhaps... or painting over of the Edda Fonn name, but why in a different shade!?! Still curious to find out what the next tranche of mods involves.
Just a little random observation... chanced upon this and thought how it looked quite similar to Manawanui, not a design common in military use it seems. Turns out it's smaller but does broadly have some roles in common...looks like it'll support deeper mixed-gas diving than Manawanui, but with the moonpool we're onto a good thing!
Latest Navy News has what I found in interesting article on plans for 'Hydrographic Evolution' over the next 6 years (to 2025). Obviously Manawanui is a key part of that although the article gives no detail on what the phase 2 mods involve or how they're progressing. The key take-aways are REMUS replacements; Drones for beach reconn; move away from SMB Adventure to craft-agnostic portal sonar devices; and a restructure of the Littoral Warfare Group.
Interestingly while SMB Adventure gets mention 2-3 times a year in Navy Today, no mention is ever made of the REA boats Takapau & Tarupunga... did they prove lemons I wonder!?! Manawanui does have a large davit on her port side so wonder what's planned for that.