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HMNZS Aotearoa

‘Aotearoa’ The Name Chosen for Navy’s Largest Ship

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has announced that the name of its newest and biggest ship will be HMNZS Aotearoa.

Construction of the new 24,000-tonne vessel, the largest ship ever operated by the RNZN, will start next year, for delivery in January 2020.

Five members of an RNZN panel, chaired by Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore David Gibbs, considered a range of names, with a shortlist presented to Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin for his final decision.

It was a big name for a big ship, Rear Admiral Martin said.

“HMNZS Aotearoa will represent us as a nation on the international stage whether conducting operational support, maritime sustainment or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Aotearoa will be recognisable within the Pacific region and identifiable with all New Zealanders.”

Read the full press release here



Anzac Day Gallipoli 2017

On 25 April each year we commemorate the landings of the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

In 2017, Australia and New Zealand will conduct the iconic Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorations Site at Gallipoli, starting at 5:30am after an overnight vigil. Later that morning Australia will conduct a memorial service at Lone Pine, commencing at 9:30am and New Zealand will conduct its own memorial service at Chunuk Bair, commencing at 11:30am. 

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit the WW100 website

ww100 Anzac Day 2017

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