Pacific Island nations Military News (Includes New Zealand)

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    This thread is about the Military News of independent nation Pacific Islands. Islands like New Zealand, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, etc.

    Islands owned or administered by other nations are not included.

    Islands like the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc are part of SE Asia.

    Islands like Taiwan, Japan, etc. have their own threads. Australia has its own thread

    I will start this thread with the news of the commissioning of HMPNGS Lakekamu, L128, into service with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF). She was the former HMAS Labaun, a Balikpapan class heavy landing craft.

    Papau New Guinea commissions HMPNGS Lakekamu into service

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    HMNZS Wellington concludes patrol

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    The Wellington is one of two 1,900 ton Protector Class Offshore Patrol vessels, HMNZS Otago, P148, and HMNZ Wellington, P55, shown here. They are both operated by the New Zealand Navy. They are very nice and capable OPVs.


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    HMNZS Otago

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    HMNZS Wellington​
     
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    on the Smaller Scale the New Zealand Army is Dropping the AUG in favor of a M4 derivative.
    http://www.defence.govt.nz/acquisit...n-projects/individual-weapon-replacement.html

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/...ts-lmt-to-produce-rifle-to-replace-steyr-aug/

    The Configuration seems to be based on the LMT CQB16ODGB
    It's a Direct Impingement AR with a 16 or 18 inch barrel
     
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    Austal Signs $305 million contract for Australia's PAcific Patrol Boat replacement Program

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    These will replace the 22 existing Pacific Patrol Boats that Australia built from 1985 to 1997 and gave to allied island nations in the Pacific.

    They looked like this:

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    Austal is growing significantly and getting many orders from around the world. These new boats add to that. They build the Independence class LCS, as well as the Spearhead Class Fast transports for the US Navy too.
     
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    http://www.armyrecognition.com/euro...s-l_m4_modular_ambidextrous_rifle_system.html
     
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    This could actually come true since Air New Zealand/New Zealand military does not operate any Boeing 737 so the P8 has no advantage in terms of spare parts supply chain and Boeing doesn't have an alternative proposal for large cargo transport since the C-17 production line had already closed.
     
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    I knew Japan would be going after these types of orders.

    And who can blame them?

    They have a great product and are willing to sell. Just depends if they can get them at a good enough price.

    The P-1 is an excellent and very capable aircraft.
     
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