The head of the Victorian branch of the Royal Australian Navy says the Royal New Zealand Navy will be hiring new people in 2019, with more than 200 being sought for jobs.
The Royal New England Navy (RNZN) has announced plans to hire more than 300 new people for its New Zealand naval base, which is set to open in the early 2020s.
Ahead of the announcement, RNZN president Captain David Molloy said the service’s workforce would increase by more than 25 per cent from 2017-19.
“The navy is expanding to its new home and we’re looking to hire some new people to fill the roles that will be created,” he said.
Mr Molloro said the RNZA was considering a number of options for the Navy’s future, including the establishment of a new naval base in the Cook Islands.
“[There are] some options in the works, but we’ll be discussing that with the [new] government,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
RNZA operations in the Indian Ocean will be the biggest new project in its history, with a $1.3 billion naval base planned to be built in the Bay of Bengal.
In 2018, the RZN announced it would create more than 100 new positions in Canberra.
Its chief executive officer, Captain Mark Rolfe, said it was looking to recruit as many as 300 people for the new base.
Captain Rolfy said he expected about 200 new RNZAs would be employed for the base.
“We’re looking at about 100, but the bulk of the staff is going to be at the base,” he added.
“So it will be more like a base that we can actually run from.”
Mr Rolfo said the Navy was also exploring the possibility of opening an aircraft carrier at Port Douglas in Western Australia, which would be able to serve as a refueling station for RNZAF aircraft carriers.
He said he hoped to have a firm date for the opening of the new RZNS base by the end of the year.
Topics:government-and-politics,national-security,government-islamic-conflict-and_territories,business-economics-and/or-finance,military-transport,military,australiaFirst posted October 17, 2020 19:36:48Contact Nick Herns, melbourne-3000,AFL MediaGroup,Melbourne