Bit surprised the RAN is not sending one of the LHD's particularly given singa and Indo are sending their LPDs for the exercises before the RNZN review. Would think would be good opportunity to cross deck etc. Anyway both Canberra and Adelaide LHDs are alongside in Sydney ready to go.
The USS Sampson is on its way to New Zealand for the Royal New Zealand Navy International Naval Review in Auckland later this month.
The destroyer departed from Hawaii on November 3 (US time) to participate in 75th anniversary celebrations of the New Zealand Navy, where 22 countries will be represented.
It will become the first US Navy ship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years, the break sparked by New Zealand's anti-nuclear laws.
While in Auckland from November 17 to 22, the crew of the Sampson will take part in a multi-ship pass-in-review, march in a 1000-strong international parade, and compete in sports tournaments with the crews of the other ships.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 12, 2016 0:42:11 GMT 12
Temporary regulations for the Navy's 75th anniversary
Friday, 11 November, 2016 - 11:47
Temporary regulations for the Waitemata Harbour will be in place during the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
The rules are to keep recreational boaties out of the way of the naval vessels, ensuring there are no collisions or security issues.
Between 10 and 22 November boaties will have to stay at least 100 metres away from the sides and rear of naval vessels and at least 500m from the front when they are moving. They must stay 60m away when they are anchored.
Boats will also not be allowed within 200m of the Devonport Naval Base.
During this time boats are not allowed within 60m of the downtown wharfs, including Wynyard Wharf, Queens Wharf and the Downtown Ferry Terminal Basin between Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf.
Auckland’s Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton says these new rules are to ensure the safety of boaties and the Navy.
"During the Navy’s 75th anniversary the harbour will be unusually busy. Some of the warships will be going to Devonport’s Naval Base and the remainder will be tying up at the Ports of Auckland’s commercial wharves."
On Saturday 19 November the International Naval Review will be held in the Waitemata Harbour, eight naval vessels from New Zealand and around the world will line up in formation in the harbour. There will be a reserved area around these vessels and a traffic management plan in force.
Captain Hayton says, "This is one of the biggest, most exciting events that’s happened on Auckland’s harbour. We’re encouraging everyone to get out on the water, just make sure you know the rules."
During this event Police, Navy and Harbourmaster boats will be operating in the area to make sure the rules are being followed and everyone remains safe.
As a result of the celebrations, there may be delays to Auckland’s ferry services during the main part of the event which runs between 17 and 22 November. Customers are advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys over this period.
@1newsnz: Watch: International and New Zealand warships manoeuvre off Auckland beaches. tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-international-and-new-zealand-warships-manoeuvre-off-auckland-beaches pic.twitter.com/EuympiNGjD
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 12, 2016 20:08:12 GMT 12
I guess that as the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff will be centre stage among the dignitaries during the Navy's celebrations with a big smug look on his face, welcoming the Americans, and forgetting all about the fact he was one of the politicians that completely stuffed up our defence arrangements with them back in the 1980's.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 15, 2016 8:59:30 GMT 12
IMPORTANT NOTICE || Due to poor weather conditions the fleet will be entering the harbour tomorrow, Wednesday 16 November from around 6am. DETAILS: www.nznavy75.co.nz/fleet-entry. JOIN EVENT: bit.ly/2fObCnp #KiwiNavy75th
And the number of ships involved in the formal event continues to drop as USS Sampson heads south.
The media releases seem to refer to just making the helicopters available, which would make some sense. To deploy the ship, as well, would take longer and the helicopters can be supported (short term) by the RNZAF.
Whatever happens I hope the "protest" element acknowledge their assistance. Yes, I know...........