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At a launch ceremony this week, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s first purpose-built ship in 10 years, HMNZS Aotearoa, finally found herself in her natural environment only eight months after her keel was laid in a South Korean shipyard, the RNZN press office announced on April 25. HMNZS Aotearoa auxiliary ship was constructed at the Hyundai Heavy Industries dry dock under a USD327 million contract. In 2020, it will replace the Navy’s latest replenishment oiler, HMNZS Endeavour, which was decommissioned in 2017. “Seeing a ship of this size and capability on the water nearing full completion is a really exciting time for our Navy,” said the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, during his speech. “Aotearoa will provide us with a world-class maritime sustainmen...

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