New Zealand’s new dive tender delivered
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s future dive and hydrographic vessel arrived at Devonport Naval Base Auckland this week.
CAPTION: The future Royal New Zealand Navy dive and hydrographic vessel at Devonport Naval Base. Photo by Mike Millett, AirflowNZ.
She pulled into Auckland at the end of a long delivery voyage from Denmark.
The second-hand, fully refurbished vessel is currently civilian registered with the name Edda Fonn.
She will be formally commissioned into Royal New Zealand Navy service in June by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and renamed HMNZS Manawanui.
The retiring dive tender HMNZS Manawanui entered Devenport for the last time on 23 February, before being officially decommissioned after nearly 30 years of service.
The future HMNZS Manawanui will replace two decommissioned vessels – the hydrographic survey ship HMNZS Resolution and the dive tender HMNZS Manawanui.
She will be the fourth ship to carry the name.
Built in 2003, Edda Fonn was a Norwegian offshore support vessel.
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