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Newsletter #380     | News

Welcome Readied For Visiting Nations To Navy’s 75th Celebration


At least 15 countries will participate in the International Naval Review next month in Auckland to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)


Welcome Readied For Visiting Nations To Navy’s 75th Celebration


New Zealand Defence Force, October 18, 2016 - At least 15 countries will participate in the International Naval Review next month in Auckland to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

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.”

For further information contact Defence Public Affairs: 021 487 980

Country Preceding Exercise Activity 13-16 NovIntl Naval Review 17-22 Nov
New Zealand HMNZS CANTERBURY, OTAGO, WELLINGTON, TE KAHA, TE MANA, ENDEAVOUR, MANAWANUI 2 x inshore patrol vessels; P3K2 Orion; 2 x Seasprite helicopters All Assets & Senior Officers
Australia Frigate HMAS DARWIN & submarine HMAS DECHAINEUX; SH60R Sea Hawk helicopter All assets and Senior Officer
Brunei 4 x Staff Officers; 1 x Boarding Party To be confirmed
Canada Frigate HMCS VANCOUVER; CH124 Sea King helicopter HMCS VANCOUVER & Flag Officer
Cook Islands Police Patrol Vessel TE KUKUPA TE KUKUPA & Senior Officer
Chile Tall Ship BACH ESMERALDA ESMERALDA & Senior Officer
China Frigate PLAN Ship YAN CHENG; Z-9 Dolphin helicopter YAN CHENG & Senior Officer
Fiji Senior Officer
France Guardian FA20 maritime patrol aircraft Senior Officer
Germany Senior Officer
India Offshore Patrol Vessel INS SUMITRA INS SUMITRA
Indonesia Landing Platform Dock KRI BANDA ACEH KRI BANDA ACEH
Japan Destroyer JS TAKANAMI; SH60J(K) Sea Hawk helicopter; P1 maritime patrol aircraft JS TAKANAMI, helicopter; maritime patrol aircraft & Senior Officer
Papua New Guinea Planning Officers
Samoa Police Patrol Vessel SPB NAFANUA SPB NAFANUA and Senior Officer
Singapore Landing Platform Dock RSS RESOLUTION RSS RESOLUTION and Senior Officer
Republic of Korea Frigate ROKS CHUNGBUK; Super Lynx or SH60 Sea Hawk helicopter; P3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft ROKS CHUNGBUK, helicopter & maritime patrol aircraft (TBC), Senior Officer
Thailand 2 x Staff Officers Senior Officer
Tonga Patrol Vessel VOEA PANGAI VOEA PANGAI & Senior Officer
Timor Leste Senior Officer
UK Senior Officer & Band
USA P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft Destroyer USS SAMPSON
Vietnam 2 x Staff Officers To be confirmed


Attendance by any country and/or ship and/or aircraft is subject to operational availability – contingencies may arise that preclude attendance.

On 1 October 1941, His Majesty King George VI approved the designation “Royal New Zealand Navy”, creating the independent maritime force that is the RNZN today. Since then, many thousands have served in the Navy.

This year is the Navy’s opportunity to celebrate its achievements while increasing awareness of the importance of the RNZN in maintaining the security and prosperity of New Zealanders and showcasing the Service as a worthwhile and fulfilling career.

The year-long nationwide programme of commemorative events and activities reflects the Navy’s strong connection with New Zealand and is collectively named Operation Neptune.

The name “Operation Neptune” has been chosen to highlight the greatest single loss of life sustained by our Navy. HMS Neptune (a sister ship to HMNZS Achilles of River Plate fame) was being prepared for transfer to the Royal New Zealand Navy when she was lost in an enemy minefield in the Mediterranean on 19 December 1941 with the loss of all but one man, including all 150 of the New Zealanders who had already joined the ship.

The year will culminate in December with a memorial service at the National War Memorial in Wellington for those lost in HMS Neptune. For further information: www.nznavy75.co.nz


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International Naval Review: RNZN 75th Anniversary
NZ HMNZD Devonport

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