A formation entry into Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour will be held at midday on Monday 8 February, 2016 as part of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) 75th Anniversary celebrations.
It will include a 17-gun salute from HMNZS Canterbury as she passes Devonport Naval Base at midday, and this will be reciprocated with an 11-gun salute fired from HMNZS Te Mana, berthed at Devonport Naval Base.
The gun salute is part of the 75th celebrations that are designed to showcase the Navy of today to the community, while valuing the historical contribution of those who have gone before us.
The salute is a naval tradition in which the Maritime Component Commander of the RNZN is formally acknowledging the newly appointed Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin ONZM.
“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.”
The ceremony can be viewed from North Head and other vantage points around the Harbour.
LPS is proud to be sponsoring this event and the overall 75th Anniversary celebrations.