This article was sent to me on 1st April 2012. Is it an April Fool Joke or are the New Zealand taxpayers being taken for a ride. As for water coming over the bow in rough weather and causing the guns to get rusty probably they should put a plastic bag over it before the ship goes to sea.


Canterbury’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat alcoves were too close to the waterline. The landing craft were badly designed, which led to cracking in the bow ramp doors.

The ship’s propellers came out of the water in heavy seas, causing engine damage.

The ship handles poorly in rough weather. Improvements to ballast and the fuel-transfer system needed.

The anti-roll system does not work in heavy conditions.

An inability to track helicopters by radar at the required range and height.

Waves crashing over the front of the ship could wreck its gun.


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