Only five days to go… ships from Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, and the United States have started arriving to help the Navy celebrate its milestone.

The international ships will be anchoring in the Hauraki Gulf and will be in easily seen from the beaches along East Coast Bays, Auckland. Visiting ships at anchor will undergo border clearances in preparation for the Fleet Entry on Thursday 17 November.

The New Zealand contingent will feature HMNZS CANTERBURY, OTAGO, WELLINGTON, TE KAHA, TE MANA, ENDEAVOUR, and MANAWANUI, as well as two inshore patrol vessels, a P-3K2 Orion and two Seasprite helicopters. 

The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin, said the Navy appreciated the attendance of its allies, friends and partners at its birthday celebrations.

“They have come a long way and we welcome them to New Zealand,” Rear Admiral Martin said.

From Monday 14 November to Wednesday 16 November the ships will take part in the Ngatahi and Mahi Tangaroa exercises in the Hauraki Gulf and East Coast. Then, on Thursday 17 November, the fleet will enter Waitemata Harbour for the biggest single event of the Navy’s birthday celebrations, the International Naval Review.

“It’s a significant event; one that will showcase the Navy, the New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand,” Rear Admiral Martin said.