Defence: Frigate Sustainment Communications

Published: 08 Nov 2023

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides information on Cabinet’s August 2021 decisions on Frigate Sustainment Communications.

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This publication provides information on Cabinet’s August 2021 decisions agreeing to:

  • the signing of the negotiated contract with Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd to commence detailed design work for the communications systems upgrade of the Anzac frigates

  • commit $21.182 million to the Design Phase for detailed design work and the purchase of long lead government furnished equipment items.

The pack comprises the following documents:

  • the Cabinet minute of decision: Defence: Frigates Sustainment Communications [DEV-21-MIN-0167]

  • the Cabinet paper Defence: Frigates Sustainment Communications [DEV-21-SUB-0167].

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Information is withheld where making it available would be likely to prejudice:

  • the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand [section 6(a)]

Information is also withheld in order to:

  • protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied the information [section 9(2)(b)(ii)]

  • maintain the constitutional conventions for the timing being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials [section 9(2)(f)(iv)]

  • enable a Minister of the Crown or any department or organisation holding the information to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations [section 9(2)(j)].


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