Boon or Curse? Royal New Zealand Navy Struggles to Make 'Otago' Operational
New Zealand’s new offshore patrol vessel has finally made its maiden voyage, sailing into the ports of Bluff and Dunedin, after having suffered several engine problems before its delivery to the Navy.
The HMNZS Otago, a Protector class OPV, was ordered in 2004 as part of the Navy’s programme for Future Plans, along with its sister offshore boat, HMNZS Wellington.
At a cost of NZ$90m, Otago has been commissioned to operate across the country’s 200-mile...
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