Welcome readied for visiting nations to Navy’s 75th celebration
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The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has today released a list of defence and security forces that are sending ships, personnel or aircraft to the International Naval Review and preceding exercises.
The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin, said the RNZN and the NZDF were looking forward to welcoming the ships and personnel from the countries taking part.
The International Naval Review starts on Thursday 17 November, with the entry of the fleet into Waitemata Harbour. Vessels will then berth either at Ports of Auckland or Devonport Naval Base.
“This year the Royal New Zealand Navy is celebrating 75 years of service to our nation and contributing towards the prosperity and security of New Zealand,” said Rear Admiral Martin.
“We celebrate the nation’s commitment to its Navy, honour and acknowledge the service of New Zealanders who have served at sea and look forward with confidence and excitement to the next 75 years.
“The Navy is committed to advancing New Zealand’s interests and making a difference at home and abroad.”
The biggest single event of the birthday celebrations is the International Naval Review in Auckland. As well as the entry of the fleet into Waitemata Harbour on 17 November, a “1000-sailor” march down Queen Street is planned for 18 November. Then on 19 November the formal International Naval Review will be held, during which the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, will review the assembled ships, in a centuries-old naval tradition.
“It’s a significant exercise to host such an event; one that will showcase the Navy, the NZDF and New Zealand,” said Rear Admiral Martin.
On Sunday 20 November, an open day will be held, during which the public will be able to board participating naval vessels.
“The Royal New Zealand Navy appreciates the attendance of our allies, friends and partners at our celebrations,” said Rear Admiral Martin. “They have come a long way, and we look forward to welcoming them to New Zealand.”