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Book Launch: Service From The Sea – The Navy Story

Book Launch Of ‘Service From The Sea’– The Navy Story

Penguin Group (NZ), with support from the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Naval Museum, has produced a new book entitled “Service from the SeaNgā Mahi Nō Te Moana”. Providing a uniquely Navy venue, the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson will host the event onboard the Amphibious Sea Support Vessel, HMNZS CANTERBURY, berthed at the Devonport Naval Base, on Friday 28 November 2008 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The sea and seafarers have been an important and enduring element of the New Zealand story. However, it is often taken for granted that what happens at sea often occurs out of the sight of land Unsurprisingly, therefore, our ‘sea’ history is not as well known among most New Zealanders. Service from the Sea will make an important contribution to changing that national paradigm.

Rear Admiral David Ledson says, “Service from the Sea tells the Navy’s story and highlights the important role the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum plays in enabling the story to be told. But the Navy Museum is far more than just a backdrop to the story; it provides those essential elements that bring those stories to life, make it interesting and relevant, and illustrate that the Navy is about more than ships – that people lie at the heart of the story.”

Rear Admiral Ledson will sign copies of the book during the event and a formal Beat Retreat Ceremonial Sunset, featuring an Armed Guard and the Navy Band, will be performed at 8:00 pm to mark the end of the book launch. The evening gun will be fired from HMNZS PHILOMEL saluting guns situated on The Promenade, Devonport Naval Base.

Media are invited to attend the Book Launch:

What: Service from the Sea Book Launch

Where: HMNZS CANTERBURY berthed alongside Devonport Naval Base

When: Friday 28 November 2008 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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