Author: RNZN

While Covid-19 has had an impact on the programme, work has continued throughout March and April on HMNZS TE KAHA and HMNZS TE MANA.

Both ships are in Victoria, British Columbia undergoing an extensive Frigate Systems Upgrade.

Article: https://bit.ly/navytoday243
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Author: Peter Suciu

"Despite staying on the sidelines during both World Wars and continuing to remain non-aligned in the Cold War, since the 1960s, Sweden has been seen as a mini-super power at least in terms of submarine warfare when the notoriously neutral Scandinavian nation modernized its fleet"

Article: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-navy-fears-them-sweden-aip-submarines-are-even-stealthier-ever-155971
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Author: Vita Molyneux

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is receiving more than a billion dollars in funding after what the Defence Minister has called a "busy year".

The 2020 'Rebuilding Together' Budget has allocated a $1.77 billion boost to New Zealand's Navy, Army and Air Force so they can "continue to deliver".

Article: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/nz-defence-force-gets-huge-dollar1-billion-cash-injection-in-budget/ar-BB143bfK
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Author: George Block

The New Zealand debut of the Navy's brand new, purpose-built ship has been delayed by coronavirus.

HMNZS Aotearoa was originally set to be delivered in January 2020 when it was named three years ago before construction started in South Korea.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300009494/coronavirus-delays-nz-debut-of-navys-largest-ever-ship
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Defence Force Expansion Survey

When we begin moving into long term economic recovery from this COVID-19 crisis, we will need to look at different ways we can increase employment options. One possible way would be increasing recruitment for our Defence Force.

Article: https://www.nzfirst.org.nz/defence_force_expansion_survey
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Author: Royal New Zealand Navy

Keeping up with our Navy's largest ship ⚓️🌊

Article: https://www.facebook.com/NZNavy/videos/546007196338453/
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China's first Type 075 LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) is reportedly on fire at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai according to local media.

Article: http://nighthawk.nz
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New Zealand is sending an air force Hercules carrying a helicopter to cyclone-damaged Vanuatu.

The Defence Force C-130 Hercules will fly to the Pacific Island nation this week carrying a private helicopter, satellite phones, chainsaw kits, and agricultural equipment, to assist with relief. 

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120941235/new-zealand-air-force-hercules-flying-to-vanuatu-to-assist-with-cyclone-recovery
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