Native New Zealand companies are set to reap the advantages of a partnership between Babcock and the New Zealand Defence Pressure (NZDF) which can conduct upkeep and improve works on two decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Inshore Patrol Vessels earlier than they’re bought to the Republic of Eire. Babcock and NZDF will regenerate and modify the ships – ex HMNZS Rotoiti and HMNZS Pukaki – to operational seaworthiness requirements, supported by Babcock’s intensive provide chain throughout the New Zealand marine and defence trade. The scope of works will embody overhaul of major and auxiliary engines, docking of each vessels for hull preservation, propeller and rudder overhaul, inspection, service, and commissioning of all electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and communication programs, required to return the vessels to Lloyds Class.

Babcock Australasia Managing Director Defence, Andy Davis, stated: “We are going to companion with as much as 30 native companies to ship this venture, by means of a spread of contracts with a complete worth of roughly NZ$15 million. Our trusted suppliers and subcontractors are a key a part of {our capability} and they’ll play a essential position on this venture as one other nice demonstration of what New Zealand trade can obtain collectively. This work demonstrates how the NZDF and Babcock partnership is focussed on constructing long run collaborative relationships with New Zealand companies. It will proceed to ship broader financial outcomes and supply rising entry to authorities defence work for these supporting companies.”


New Zealand Defence Pressure Ex HMNZS Rotoiti

Further actions embody modifying the vessels so they’re suitable with the tools match of the present Irish Naval fleet. Inbuilt Whang?rei and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2009, throughout their service the 2 Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) have been deployed on search and rescue, fishery monitoring, border safety and maritime surveillance operations round New Zealand’s 15,000km shoreline. Babcock has a historical past of working with the Irish Naval Service, having constructed the P60 Samuel Beckett Class of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

The Lake-class inshore patrol vessel (also called the Rotoiti class and the Protector class) is a ship class of inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) which changed the RNZN’s Moa-class patrol boats in 2007–2008. All 4 vessels are named after New Zealand lakes. Pukaki was launched in Whangarei Harbour on 6 Might 2008. Its main duties included border and fisheries safety patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and search and rescue response. Pukaki was the third ship of this identify to serve within the Royal New Zealand Navy and is known as after Lake Pukaki. Rotoiti was fitted out in Whangarei and on 20 November 2007 began contractor sea trials. After delays attributable to issues with gear and fittings, she was commissioned on 17 April 2009. Rotoiti is known as after Lake Rotoiti.