Author: Pandy Fruean

RNZN In Memoriam 15 DECEMBER

BREWER Archibald Thomas SIG NZD4031 2003NEWPORT Basil LRD 17727 62 2008MALLARD, (nee Windleborn) Peggy Noeline WRNZNS 2012LEHNDORF Thomas Hugh (Matt) NZD1857 WWII, Korea 92 2013OSBORNE Ernest Royce (Roy) NZ7522 94 2014STEVENS Rupert John (Steve) OSEA 10322 RNZN WWII 90 2014SMYTH Patrick Thornley (Pat) 8257 91 2015

RNZN In Memoriam 10 DECEMBER:

EBBETT Frederick Irving LTEL NZ4373 1969POIHIPI Noel POSEA 40 1991GLOVER James Hayward TEL R(C)799 2003MORRISON Douglas Ronald ME1 16625 65 2005SHERBORNE Paul LT CDR (SO) RNZN 51 2011BLAKE Charles Beckett (Jacky) TEL A/1875 92 2013

RNZN In Memoriam 16 DECEMBER:

FOOTE George Harley SIG NZD2178 2007URWIN Raymond WO MAA K16980 2014PULLEN Victor Charles ABSEA RNZN WWII 94 2014McCORMICK (nee Cardno) Avis Dawn WRNZNS 511 WWII 95 2018

HMNZS TAUPO P3570

The RNZN in the early 1970s sought a replacement patrol craft for the slow and inadequate SDMLs which were of the Second World War era. These craft would be used for fisheries patrols and surveillance of territorial waters which in 1975 was a 12-mile [19km] zone. They were not designed for patrolling the 200 mile [322km] EEZ that was declared from 1 October 1977. This was left to the RNZAF Orion a...

CONTAINERS LOST

New details have emerged about the loss of containers overboard from the ONE Apus earlier this week that suggest it could be the largest single container loss since the sinking of the MOL Comfort in 2013. ONE released a situation report that notified that 1,900 boxes or more could have been lost on Monday night when the vessel hit heavy weather in the Pacific. “The vessel was on passage from Yanti...

USS BONHOMME RICHARD TO BE SCRAPPED

The U.S. Navy has decided to scrap the fire-ravaged amphib USS Bonhomme Richard, weighing the extent of the damage and cost of repairs against the practical alternative of building a new ship. The Bonhomme Richard, sustained a fire in a lower hold on July 12 as she sat at a pier in San Diego. Winds off the bay and the location of the fire near ventilation shafts promoted the spread of the blaze, a...

HMNZS TE KAHA DUE HOME FOR XMAS

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)’s frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is under-going sea trials in Canada following a mid-life upgrade. It is the first of two Anzac-class frigates set to receive the Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) at Seaspan shipyards with Lockheed Martin Canada acting as prime contractor. The Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project is upgrading the frigates’ surveillance, combat and self-d...

MEMORIAL SERVICE – 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF HMS NEPTUNE

NOTE! NEW TIME 1030, Sunday 20 December 2020 St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base. Rig: 1BW (negative swords) On 19 December 1941, HMS NEPTUNE sunk after hitting a mine off the coast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean. All but one of the 764 personnel aboard lost their lives. Amongst the crew were 150 New Zealanders, many of whom were reservists.  This event represents the largest loss ...

Navy vessel popular attraction

Eastland Port had a new star attraction on Saturday, with HMNZS Manawanui open to the public. The Royal New Zealand Navy vessel was on her first visit to her home port of Gisborne, where a ceremonial ‘charter parade’ on Friday celebrated the connection. The ship provides the ability for diving and hydrographic specialists to embark and conduct specialised operations such as surveying of lake...

U.S. Navy Accelerates Uptake of 3-D Printing for Spare Parts

The U.S. Navy and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) are exploring additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to design, print, approve, and install critical or obsolete parts – establishing a process and exercising component development on vessels even after undocking. To jumpstart this effort, a NAVSEA team led by Engineering Duty Officers Lieutenant Commander David P. Johnsen and Lieutenant Comma...

Navy Won’t Repair Fire-Damaged Warship, Saying It Would Cost Billions

A U.S. Navy warship that was engulfed by a fire in July while docked in San Diego will be decommissioned instead of rebuilt, the Pentagon said Monday, deciding to forgo a repair project that could have surpassed $3 billion. The ship, the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, will be dismantled and some of its spare parts will be used in other naval vessels, officials said. Read more from the New York Times her...

EX HMNZS KUPARU – HAULOUT

Scott Perry, owner of Kuparu, has been putting in the ‘hard yards’  doing much needed restoration work on Kuparu. She is currently hauled out at Marsden Cove, Whangarei, Scott found some worm in the keel which had to be attended to and this has extended the time on the hard. She is due to go back in the water next week. The good news is that her hull will be black, the way most of us remember...

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