Defence Minister Ron Mark has scored another success at Cabinet, winning approval to buy a new hydrographic and dive ship for the Royal New Zealand Navy. An 85-metre Norwegian-built multi-role offshore support vessel, the MV Edda Fonn, will replace HMNZS Resolution and HMNZS Manawanui.
The two vessels were decommissioned from the RNZN in 2012 and 2018 respectively, following several decades of service.
The $103m budget covers purchase, modifications and introduction into service. This has been funded through an existing appropriation. Continue reading “Norwegian-built ship to be bought for RNZN hydrographic and diving duties”