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Royal New Zealand Navy Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
Parades of Ships in the Harbour & Sailors in the City
17- 20 November
In 1941, His Majesty King George VI approved the designation “Royal New Zealand Navy” for the regular element of the New Zealand Naval Forces (with Reserve and Volunteer Reserve elements appropriately titled.)
2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of our Navy. This occasion will be celebrated with a programme of commemorative events collectively named Operation NEPTUNE.
Celebrations this week include a Naval Review of the New Zealand Fleet and visiting warships More than 22 nations will be represented at the celebrations including the destroyer USS Sampson,the first American warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years.
Some ships will be open for visitors at the weekend and onshore in the city will be a parade of 1,000 sailors of the Senior Service.
Rear-Admiral Martin says "The Navy is a high performing organisation that the people of New Zealand have contributed to, served in, and been assisted by and this year is our chance to celebrate our national commitment". Many activities are planned for the week, including exhibitions, plays.as well as ships open to the public.
“While often we are thanked for our service, this year is also a good time to thank New Zealander for their support."
“Whether it’s disaster relief, peace support operations, ensuring that the sea trade on which we depend for our survival can get through, or protecting New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone and marine resources, the Royal New Zealand Navy as part of the New Zealand Defence Force protects and serves the causes important to us and our way of life."
“Our ships and our people are called on by partners and agencies around the world to help them resolve complex issues and deliver humanitarian support,” Rear Admiral Martin said.