The government has approved the purchase of a new ship for the Royal Navy of New Zealand.
An 85-meter Norwegian-built dive and hydrographic support vessel, the MV Edda Fonn, is purchased to fill an existing capacity gap.
The project will cost a total of $ 103 million.
The ship will be delivered to the Naval Base of Devonport in May 2019.
Source: Ministry of Defense
Hereafter, the Edda Fonn will be linked to dive and hydrographic systems required by the Defense Force before being delivered to the Devonport Naval Base in May 2019.
"This ship will ensure that the current diving and hydrography capacities are filled as quickly as possible, with a proven, well-tested platform," said Secretary of Defense Ron Mark.
"By buying this ship, the Defense unit can continue serving the community, the country and the world," he says.
The diving and hydrographic vessel replaces HMNZS Resolution and HMNZS Manawanui and replaced the previous national-led plan to build a frigate of $ 250 million.
The ship is expected to be in service with the Navy in November 2019.