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NZ And Australian Navy Ships Arrive In Style

Wednesday 2 March, 2005

New Zealand And Australian Navy Ships Arrive In Style For Navy Open Day

Fleet Entry New Zealand Navy frigates, HMNZS TE KAHA, HMNZS TE MANA and HMNZS CANTERBURY along with Australian Navy ships HMAS MELVILLE, HMAS PARRAMATTA and HMAS MELBOURNE will form a 'Fleet Entry' into Auckland Harbour from 0930 on Thursday 3 March 2005, with a flypast from an Air Force P3 Orion scheduled for 0940.

The 'Fleet Entry' marks the completion of Exercise TASMANEX which involved eleven ships and aircraft from the New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces as well as one British aircraft, all put through their paces in many varied serials designed to hone warfare skills in a number of scenario based activities. The combined fleet will be alongside at the Devonport Naval Base to take part in the Navy Open Day before returning to sea during the week starting Monday 7 March.

Navy Open Day The Devonport Naval Base will be open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm Saturday 5 March 2005. The public will have the opportunity to tour Navy ships from New Zealand and Australia. The Navy is looking forward to hosting the public for the day and demonstrating the many exciting activities that are part of a challenging and rewarding career. Events planned for the day include:

* Public tours through 9 Navy frigates/survey ship/landing ship/patrol vessels

* RNZN Tanker and Diving Tender on display

* Navy Seasprite Helicopter Display

* Weapons Display

* Damage Control (Fire) Display

* Sea Cadet Display

* Live Boardings

* Physical Training Display/Abseiling

* Navy Divers Display

* Sword Drill Display

* Navy Band Performances

* RNZN Pipes and Drums Performances

* Static Displays of all trades/branches/schools/photo boards

* Food Stalls/Face Painting

* Meet and talk to the personnel in your Navy


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