The people in the know are juggling the deck chairs on the contracting NZ ship of defence.We do have attrition reserves, we just dont need 30 more of them. Out of a total of 73 each of the 2 squadrons has @20 hulls along with a HQ element, and a few with guns and combat school. You do the math.
This is going around in circles. Deals done, not by you, not by me, by some people in the know, military included. 8 more to go even.
Comparing us to the US now???
Soon 73 will be too many because you will only have one Sqn which operates only on Wednesday during day light hours with fair winds while having just passed the hat around to purchase enough fuel to drive down to the range and back.
A generation ago I was lucky enough to do an exercise in NZ where we were ferried around in tracked APC's supported by Scorpions attacked by Skyhawks and Strikemasters with the knowledge NZ had more than two frigates off shore.
Different era and today they are dated platforms but its about options.
40 years ago NZ had a greater range of capabilities and had the numbers to back it up.
It was still a small defence force back in the 80's, but it is an even smaller one today trying to navigate in a world that is unfortunately much more contested and unstable.
Selling off some NZLAV's for bugger all return suggest a lot more about the state of play with NZ defence than just the platforms themselves.