The naval shipbuilding standards aren't the be all to end all either. During WW2 the RN CVs had armoured flight decks and IIRC most of their CVs that were sunk were sunk by torpedo, apart from HMS Glorious which was sunk by gunfire by the Kreigsmarine battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst during the Norwegian campaign in 1940. By contrast the USN CVs had wooden flight decks which were easily punctured by bombs, resulting in the loss of CVs due to air attack. The RN ships that were first line ships at the time of the Falklands War, had a significant amount of aluminium as part of their build which, in hind sight, turned out to be a mistake. As any school student, who took an interest in chemistry knows, when aluminium ribbon is subjected to naked flame it burns very well. So when the RN ships were hit by Exocet missiles or bombs, the aluminium ignited and burned quickly and hotly, whereas the steel was more resistant to the ensuing heat because it had a higher ignition temperature. There is also naval tradition which dictates that some things happen certain ways because that is how it is done in the navy and the hierarchy in navies, per se, can sometimes be resistant to change. Just because Grand Admiral Noah did it that way, when he sailed his Ark, doesn't mean that we should still continue to do it that way now. First things first, NZ is not in a position to afford the T-26 either from the UK or Australia and most likely Babcock and UKG will not be agreeable to it being built in an Asian yard. Well we could maybe buy one sans weapons. Secondly we don't need a specialised ASW or AAW ship but a FFGP that has a good AAW and ASW suite. If we acquired Iver Huitfelds we would not be buying the T-31 because that would not meet NZ requirements AND why should we allow Babcock to clip the ticket, when we want to Kiwi-ise the ship? For what we would pay for a pommy T-31, that would basically be useless to us, we could with OMT build on the Iver Huitfeld design adding modern sensors and weapons that meet our needs. Start with what is going into the RNZN FFH upgrade as an example and add SSMs etc. We would need to add some coin, but for what two T-26 would cost us, we could get four Iver Huitfeld NZ variant ships or three or four SK or Japanese 5 - 6000 tonne FFGs, all built in SK or Japan.