The money that would be spent on a HMS Ocean acquisition would be far better spent on a new vessel. In Treasury speak, far better value for money in the long term. Just with crewing alone, Ocean requires the crews of 2 frigates or 8 OPVs which the RNZN simply doesn't have. Yes we could probably tempt a few poms down under but 285 qualified to operate the ship across all branches? I also agree with spoz that she will be a stuffed unit and it will cost us more money in the long term. I think back to the two ex RN Leander class frigates we got in 1982 & 83 (F104 Dido - Southland & F69 Bacchante - Wellington). Southland had a reputation of being beloved by concrete companies around NZ because they were always supplying concrete for emergency repairs of the rust in the hull. Dido was commissioned in 1963 and Bacchante 1971, so Dido was basically 20 years old when we acquired her; a very similar age to Ocean. The NZG have an aversion to risk and this would be a risky acquisition.