Author: George Block

Veterans have taken aim at an Army ban on urban live firing exercises.

The NZ Defence Force (NZDF) instituted the ban after a soldier was shot during a live firing exercise in 2019 at the Battle Training Facility in Ardmore in rural south Auckland.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300050492/veterans-take-aim-at-nzdf-ban-on-urban-live-firing-exercises
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Author: U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The United States Navy will sponsor the 27th Rim of the Pacific exercise, Aug. 17-31.

Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, this biennial maritime exercise will be an at-sea-only event in light of COVID-19 concerns. The theme of RIMPAC 2020 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.”

Article: https://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/130607
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Author: Jane Bowron

OPINION: As the spectre of widespread unemployment looms, the New Zealand defence forces have experienced a sharp increase in recruitment numbers.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/122026503/new-defence-recruits-may-be-buy-into-a-sea-of-trouble
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 the paragraph where she says "New recruits to the NZ defence forces, who joined up hoping for job security, to learn a trade and develop a skillset, may be in for a nasty shock if asked to take up arms against this sea of trouble." is the dumbest thing I have heard in years, anyone who joins the armed forces knows the risk and knows that they may be asked to actually go to war... to say that they could be in for a shock if asked is just pure and utter crap.

New Zealand has to pick a side...we can not sit on the fence... and the way China has been aggressively pushing its weight around in the south china sea and pacific... we better pick the correct side to that is willing to push back.

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Author: Peter Hartcher

Australia has snapped awake from a long slumber with its new defence strategy.

It doesn't propose major new fleets of subs or strike fighters beyond the pre-existing plans. That's partly because they take many years and Australia has realised it has no years left.

Article: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-the-unspoken-threat-at-centre-of-new-defence-strategy-20200630-p557qg.html
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 Meanwhile in NZ... * cricket sounds *

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Author: HENSOLDT UK

Enfield, UK, 29 June 2020 – HENSOLDT UK have completed the delivery of a fully type approved Kelvin Hughes Integrated Naval Bridge System (INBS) for Polar-class logistic ship HMNZS Aotearoa. At 26,000 tons this is one of the largest ever vessel built for the Royal New Zealand Navy and was recently delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Article: https://www.hensoldt.net/news/hensoldt-uk-delivers-full-integrated-naval-bridge-system-for-royal-new-zealand-navy-ship-hmnzs-aotearoa/
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Author: Greg Waldron

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) operates in a vast geography that ranges from idyllic Pacific islands to Antarctica, and also deals with broad array of missions.

RNZAF chief air vice-marshal Andrew Clark says that the missions of the broader New Zealand Defence Force fall into two broad areas, one covering typical military missions, the other being what would be regarded in other countries as coast guard work.

Article: https://www.flightglobal.com/rnzaf-chief-eyes-big-regions-broad-requirements/139039.article
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Author: DefPost

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)’s newest vessel, the future HMNZS Aotearoa (A11), sailed into Auckland Harbour on June 26 following her 15 day journey from Ulsan, South Korea.

Article: https://defpost.com/royal-new-zealand-navys-newest-vessel-hmnzs-aotearoa-arrives-in-auckland/
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 Author has a few details wrong. Aotearoa is 26,000 tons, she can carry 22 20 ft containers, and weapons though this is not confirmed yet, but will most likely be "fitted for but not with"  RNZN official fact sheet click here

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