HMNZS TE KAHA’s ceremonial departure from Wellington to mark 100 years since Albany troop transports
HMNZS TE KAHA departed Wellington from Queens Wharf at 1pm on Thursday 16 October escorted by CentrePort tugboats, TIAKI and TAPUHI as far as Pt Jerningham.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force troopships leaving for Albany, Western Australia, TIAKI used her water monitors to spray TE KAHA as she departs the harbour.
About 200 people who came to watch the frigate depart gave a spontaneous round of applause as TE KAHA left the wharf.
The ship is bound for Albany where it will take part in Australian commemorations of the WWI troopship departures.
Approximately 8500 men and almost 4000 horses departed in the early morning of 16 October 1914. In anticipation, Wellingtonians lined the beaches, coastal roads and ridgelines before dawn, waiting quietly for the procession of ships to appear in the channel out of the harbour.
Records state that as the bow of the first ship came around the point, cheers rippled across the bays. Each of the 10 troopships and four naval escorts slipped out into Cook Strait single file and set course initially for Australia.
TE KAHA is sailing in the wake of the troopships to take part in the first major commemoration of Australia’s First World War centenary from 31 October to 2 November. TE KAHA will join five Royal Australian Navy ships and take part in a re-enactment of the Australian Imperial and New Zealand Expeditionary Force’s departure from King George Sound for Egypt in 1914.
TE KAHA will also attend the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, Turkey, in April 2015
Picture: TE KAHA leaving Wellington
New alcohol policy to champion responsible Navy drinking
Chief of Navy RADM Jack Steer has announced some changes around alcohol in our Navy. The aim of the changes is to champion responsible drinking and ensure our workplace is as safe and healthy as possible. Read CN's address to the fleet here.
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