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HMNZS Te Mana modernization completed
Posted on May 31, 2022

31 May 2022 – Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Mana left Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt to begin the long voyage home today after completing refit and modernization at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia.

HMNZS Te Mana

Arriving in Canada on 12 March 2019 to start her combat management system upgrades, Te Mana was the second New Zealand Navy ship to arrive in Canada for refit. Te Kaha had previously undergone a 10-month refit that began in March 2018. 

As the prime systems integrator, Lockheed Martin Canada was responsible for installation of upgraded systems on both Anzac Class Frigates for the New Zealand Navy – HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana. Equipped with Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System CMS 330, integrating modern sub-systems and supported by a Combat Systems Trainer, these upgrades provide the ship’s crew with advanced protection and superior capabilities for a variety of modern naval operations.

Lockheed Martin Canada has worked closely with New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence, which led the project throughout. “From the start of installation work on the first ship in 2019 to this milestone departure of Te Mana for Aotearoa New Zealand, the upgrade has required a major logistical effort from everyone involved,” said Jon Finderup, the Ministry’s Director Maritime Domain. “Staff and personnel from Canada and New Zealand worked together to deliver this highly complex project during a time of significant global challenge, and we look forward to welcoming Te Mana and the ship’s crew home.”

CMS 330 is the backbone of the technical solution that integrates various legacy and new subsystems on the Anzac Class Ships. The open architecture design is a core solution that adapts to a variety of subsystems.

“Our partnership with the Royal New Zealand Navy delivers unmatched capability that supports New Zealand’s national interests and strategic naval objectives,” said Glenn Copeland, general manager, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. “Supporting six classes of ships across three different navies, the CMS 330 Canadian pedigree and demonstrated interoperability between allied countries also propels further growth for our team and extended Canadian supply chain.”

Lockheed Martin Canada’s CMS 330 is being integrated into three new ship classes in Canada for the next 40+ years –the Canadian Surface Combatants, the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, and Joint Support Ships.

In addition to New Zealand, it is also being included on three Chilean Navy ships, strengthening the partnership and naval interoperability between the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Armada de Chile and the Royal Canadian Navy.

CMS 330 was developed in Canada, by Canadians. It has created and sustained economic opportunities in communities across the country, where a number of jobs are being supported in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Victoria through the software and hardware design, engineering, production, and testing of the advanced technology.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Lockheed Martin Canada is the Canadian unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company that employs some 114,000 people worldwide. Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada's trusted defence partner for over 80 years, specializing in the development, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. More than 1,400 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Victoria work on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence, and commercial sectors.