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SeePort Festival 2020

Explore HMNZS Canterbury at SeePort Festival 2020


21 January 2020


Want to explore the Navy's largest vessel during Auckland Anniversary Weekend?

During the Ports of Auckland SeePort Festival 2020 you'll have the chance to tour HMNZS Cantebury's Flight deck, and meet the crew that keep her on course.

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January 2020 10am - 3pm
Captain Cook Wharf

Please wear closed footwear so you may board the Ship. 


First Female RNZN Commodore becomes Second-in-Command of Navy


06 December 2019


In 1996, Melissa Ross broke new ground as one of the first women to serve on a warship on an operational mission.


On Friday 6th December 2019, she became the first woman in New Zealand naval history to achieve Commodore rank, and the first woman to be posted as Deputy Chief of Navy.


Commodore Ross, of Nga Puhi descent, was promoted at Te Taua Moana marae in Devonport. She then reported for duty at Devonport Naval Base, taking up her role as second-in-command of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Her family, from Hokianga in Northland to Kawerau, Bay of Plenty, where she grew up, attended the ceremony.



Photo: CDRE Melissa Ross, Deputy Chief of Navy

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