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AOTEAROA

New Zealand’s largest Navy ship was christened on Friday in Ulsan, South Korea, with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy naming it ‘Aotearoa’.

Dame Patsy said in a statement that she was proud to be given the honour of sponsoring Aotearoa and naming her. 

“Aotearoa will carry the name of our country to all corners of the world, and I’m sure the ship and her crew will bring credit to all New Zealanders,” she said.

Aotearoa is the longest ship the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever had in its fleet at 176 metres long. Aotearoa will operate as a fleet tanker and a supply ship. It will be able to produce about 100,000 litres of fresh water each day. 

Aotearoa will sail to New Zealand in the second quarter of 2020, where she will be formally commissioned at the Devonport Naval Base. 

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