Navy's Rapid Deployable Boats One Step Closer

28 March 2013

Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore Wayne Burroughs onboard TAKAPU alongside WO James Harper and LTCDR Trevor Leslie - the men lead the Mine Counter Measures Team and Operational Diving Team respectively, and will be regular users of the new boats.

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s first Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) boat was officially named TAKAPU in a formal ceremony at Opua yesterday.

The ceremony marked a major milestone in the project, which will see local company Northland Spars and Rigging deliver two new REA boats, increasing the Navy’s amphibious, diving, surveying and rapid response capabilities.

The boats were designed by New Zealand naval architect Alan Walker and built locally in Opua by Terry Forsbrey’s team at Northland Spars and Rigging.

As well as enhancing Navy’s capabilities, the project to obtain the new boats generated additional benefits in supporting local industry, said Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Wayne Burroughs during the naming ceremony.

"The Navy is delighted to be supporting local business through this partnership initiative," he said. "The Navy maintains a close relationship with the region through our historical ties to Waitangi and this is certainly another positive link for the region and the Navy."

The REA boats, TAKAPU and TARAPUNGA, will be delivered to the Navy over the next two months. They will then undergo a period of introduction into service before being available for operational tasking. ENDS.Background

The Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) boats will serve as an operational platform for all of the Navy’s Littoral Warfare Support Force (LWSF) requirements, including: military diving, autonomous underwater vehicle operations, rapid environmental assessments and survey tasks.

TAKAPU and TARAPUNGA will support roles ranging from delivery of emergency disaster stores, proactive surveying tasks, identifying safe beaches and establishing temporary navigation marks. They are capable of working alone or as a support tender to larger RNZN vessels.

The boats’ specifications emphasize flexibility. They include the speed, stability and draft to enable towing of a 500kg submerged weight, deploying REMUS or other underwater search equipment and lifting 250kg on the removable davit, all the while being able to embark into an Air Force C-130 Hercules.

The new boats will work with other NZ Defence Force assets. They are versatile vessels, capable of being flown inside a C-130, deployed onboard an RNZN Offshore Patrol Vessel or embarked onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY.

The REA boats will be named TAKAPU and TARAPUNGA. This is the third time the Navy has used these names. The previous ships were associated with hydrography and naming the REA boats after them reflects a tradition of over 70 years of survey vessels in naval service.

The first such-named boats were two Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDML) ordered from the United States and commissioned in 1943 to conduct anti-submarine patrols during WWII. The vessels were reconfigured and re-entered naval service in 1950-51 to conduct survey work, which they carried out with aplomb until 1979.

In 1980 the second vessels to bear the names were commissioned. The two Inshore Patrol Craft-Survey Vessels conducted survey and inshore work until being decommissioned in 2000.

Boat specifications:

Crew: min 2, max 6

LOA: 9.20m

BOA: 2.70m

Draft: 0.65m

Displacement: 7.67 tonnes

Max speed: 27kts

Propulsion: 2 x Yanmar 6LY-STP 370HP at 3000RPMFor further information or requests for interviews, please contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall, 021 244 0638.




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