MANAWANUI - A09
Decommissioned: MANAWANUI was the Navy's diving and mine counter-measures support ship and was decommissioned on 23 February 2018. The ship was designed for diving and support operations.
MANAWANUI was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1988. Originally she was built as a diving support vessel, the Star Perseus, for the North Sea oil rig operations. She was the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
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Dive Support Ship Replacement
In August 2016, the Government announced the addition of a LOSC vessel, which will enhance the NZDF's ability to support operations from the sea onto the land, including diving, mine and other obstacles clearances, Hydrographic (mapping), and movement of personnel.