The Royal New Zealand Navy has acquired three Sentinel 1250 high-speed littoral maneuver craft (LMC) for Littoral Warfare Power reconnaissance missions.
The LMC Matawhā, Ururoa, and Mako are constructed of high-density polyethylene, making the boats extremely sturdy and low-maintenance, in addition to lighter than their aluminum-built counterparts.
All three LMCs are at the moment stationed at Devonport Naval Base within the nation’s north, and scheduled for deployment within the coming days.
HMNZS Matataua Commanding Officer Trevor Leslie said that the craft’s capacity to hold as much as 13 folks on high-speed deployments permits the unit to conduct extra superior littoral missions.
“These vessels will permit us to go additional and sooner with extra personnel, and as soon as inserted we are able to achieve this far more,” he mentioned.
He added that the LMCs will present a significant hyperlink between coastal operations and tactical insertion of diving and hydrographic specialists.
The Sentinel boats are outfitted with Twin Cummins diesel engines and Hamilton Jet water jets, permitting the craft to maneuver at over 40 knots.
The brand new boats are a part of HMNZS Matatua’s current push to offer scalable, fully-equipped, and certified “fly-in, fly-out” Deployable Boarding Groups to help different naval ships on operations.