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Decommissioned: ENDEAVOUR was the Navy's purpose built fleet replenishment tanker designed to refuel ships at sea enabling our frigates and other vessels to operate over long distances for extended periods of time. She operated independently throughout the Pacific and South East Asia as a key capability of the Navy and the New Zealand government. ENDEAVOUR was built in South Korea to a commercial design. Her replacement AOTEAROA is being built by the same shipping company.

ENDEAVOUR was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 8 April 1988 and decommissioned on 15 December 2017. She was the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after James Cook's HM Barque Endeavour on his first voyage to New Zealand.

HMNZS Endeavour

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Tanker replacement - Aotearoa
The Maritime Sustainment Capability Project 

The Maritime Sustainment Project (MSC) will replace ENDEAVOUR.
On 18 July 2016, the Defence Force announced the $500m vessel's design and capability. South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's biggest shipbuilder, has the contract for the tanker, for delivery in January 2020. 

  • Displacement: 24,000 tonnes
  • Beam: 24.5 metres
  • Draught: 8.5 metres
  • Length: 166 metres
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Features: Ice-strengthening for operations in Antarctica 

Read more at Navy Today Issue 202 - August 2016.

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