HMNZS Aotearoa is being built to replace the now decommissioned tanker HMNZS Endeavour to provide global sustainment to New Zealand and coalition maritime, land and air units. Sustainment is primarily provided through resupply of fuel and secondarily through resupply of dry goods, water, spare parts or ammunition.
HMNZS Aotearoa is set to be launched in April this year and will enter service in 2020.
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 9,500 tonnes of fuel 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.
- Total liquid cargo capacity 9,500 tonnes
- Typical dry goods cargo capacity 12 x twenty foot equivalent units
- Core Crew 64
- Bunks 100