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Final Harbour Entry with Pennant Flying for Endeavour


Final Harbour Entry with Pennant Flying

23 November 2017

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s 30 year old tanker support ship, HMNZS Endeavour is about to be retired and enters the Waitemata Harbour for her final time on Friday 1 December.


She will be flying her decommissioning or paying off pennant - the longest pennant in the Navy.

Endeavour is expected to berth at Devonport Naval Base at 10am and will be visible from East Coast Bays and North Head for up to an hour as she enters the Rangitoto Channel, approaches the inner harbour and progresses to her berth.

For her final ceremonial harbour entry, naval tradition allows the Commanding Officer of Endeavour, Commander Martin Doolan, to fly the decommissioning
pennant from the ship.

The custom is inherited and adapted from the Royal Navy since before the Napoleonic Wars when it was tradition for ships to fly a ‘Paying-off Pennant’ at the main trunk when they left their fleet to return to their home port to ‘Pay Off’.

The length of the pennant was equal to the length of the ship and was similar to the masthead pennant.

The Royal New Zealand Navy has adapted that early tradition and now, for a ship the size of Endeavour, the Paying-off Pennant is at least 122 metres long.

The pennant is flown only when entering Auckland for the final time, prior to decommissioning and is hoisted in the Rangitoto Channel as the ship approaches her final berth at the Base.

Her official decommissioning ceremony is on December 15 when a final farewell will take place at the Base.

Media are invited to view HMNZS Endeavour’s arrival into Auckland on Friday 1 December. She will berth at Devonport Naval Base at 10am.

On the way into the Base, she will exchange a final salute with the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin.

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