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Navy fleet arrives in Cook Strait

Navy fleet arrives in Cook Strait

Photo Captions: 660_0011­_1.jpg: L-R – HMNZ Ships OTAGO, WELLINGTON, TE MANA, CANTERBURY, TE KAHA, ENDEAVOUR

28 September 2011

Ten ships of the Royal New Zealand Navy arrived in Cook Strait last night in preparation for their arrival in Wellington tomorrow for the Navy 70th Anniversary. 

The gathering of ships, known as a ‘Fleet Concentration’, began in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  During the night the fleet split into two ‘forces’, and practised night-time manoeuvres.  Exercises continued throughout Wednesday and will conclude on Thursday morning when ships of the fleet will enter Wellington harbour.

It is unusual for a large group of Navy ships to be together in one place, so this occasion is an invaluable opportunity officers and personnel to practice ship handling in a multi-ship environment.

After the 70th Anniversary celebrations are completed on Monday 3rd October the ships will depart Wellington for operations and exercises in South East Asia, the Solomon Islands and around New Zealand’s coast.

Attached are a set of photographs of the fleet in Cook Strait.

ENDS

Ships participating in the Review

Frigates
 TE MANA - F111

TE KAHA - F77
 
Fleet Replenishment Vessel
 ENDEAVOUR – A 11
 
Multi-Role Sealift Vessel
 CANTERBURY – L421
 
Offshore Patrol Vessels
 OTAGO – P148

WELLINGTON – P55
 
Inshore Patrol Vessels
 PUKAKI – P3568

ROTOITI – P 3569

TAUPO – P 3570

HAWEA – P 3571
 
Hydrographic Vessel
 RESOLUTION – A 14
 
Note: Diving Support Vessel MANAWANUI will remain in Auckland during the review.
 
Navy 70th Anniversary Programme

Wednesday 28th  September
 Fleet concentration begins off Wellington. Fleet exercises and manoeuvres.
 
Thursday 29th September
 Frigates, Naval Support Force and Offshore Patrol Vessels arrive in Wellington.

0945 - 21 Gun Salute to His Excellency the Governor General from HMNZS TE MANA
 
Friday 30th September
 Inshore Patrol Vessels arrive in Wellington.
 
Saturday 1st October
 1000 – 1200, Changing of the Queen’s Colour, Parliament Grounds. The public are invited to attend.

1200 – 1230, Street Parade on Lambton Quay, Parliament to Civic Square. Four hundred sailors and the Navy band.

1200 – 1600, Ships open to visitors, Queen’s Wharf and Taranaki Street Terminal. The ships will open to the public at midday with the final guests embarking at 1500 pm.

These self guided tours will be throughout various operational areas of the ships and may include ladders and narrow passageways. Flat, sturdy shoes are encouraged.

Ships open to visitors:

HMNZS Te Kaha

HMNZS Canterbury

HMNZS Wellington

HMNZS Hawea

HMNZS Rotoiti
 
Sunday 2nd October
 1000 - Wreath Laying, National War Memorial.

1100 – 1500, Ships Open to Visitors, Queen’s Wharf and Taranaki Street Terminal. The ships will be open to the public at 1100 am with the final guests embarking at 1500 pm.

Ships open to visitors:

HMNZS Te Kaha

HMNZS Canterbury

HMNZS Wellington

HMNZS Hawea

HMNZS Rotoiti

1400 – 1600, RNZN Anniversary Church Service, Cathedral of St Pauls. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please be seated by 2.00 pm.
 
Monday 3rd October
 Fleet proceeds to Anchor in Harbour, between Aotea Quay and Matiu Somes Island.

1300 – 1500 Fleet Review, His Excellency the Governor-General and VIP’s embarked onboard HMNZS Resolution.

1700 - Ships begin to depart Wellington.
 
Sunday 9th October
 1000 - Anniversary Church Service incorporating laying up of the old Queens Colour in the Naval Chapel of St Christopher’s, Devonport Naval Base.
 
ENDS

For further information contact: Andrew Cutler on 021 925 374


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