Soon the Royal New Zealand Navy will take delivery of HMNZS Aotearoa -  a 24,000 tonne tanker and replenishment ship that will be largest the Navy has ever operated.

HMNZS Aotearoa will replace the fleet tanker HMNZS Endeavour that decommissions next year after more than 30 years of loyal service. Aotearoa will boast state of the art design and capability features including ice-strengthening and ‘winterisation’ features for operations in Antarctica. She will also be able to carry 12 containers of supplies and have the ability to produce 100 tonnes of fresh water each day which will make her invaluable when providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

She will carry 8,000 tonnes of diesel fuel which is enough to ‘fill up’ a frigate like Te Mana or Te Kaha 13.87 times. And she’ll be able to carry and operate a RNZAF NH90 helicopter. Aotearoa will have a core crew of 64 plus 11 flight crew.

Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea
Delivery: January 2020
Home port: New Plymouth, Taranaki
Patron: Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO, DStJ