Royal New Zealand Navy Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA, her Seasprite helicopter and Tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, with Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS NEWCASTLE and Japanese Self Defence Force Destroyer, the JS AKEBONO.
9 June 2010
HMNZS TE KAHA and ENDEAVOUR have arrived in Victoria, Canada, to take part in the Canadian Navy’s 100th Anniversary celebrations from the 9 - 14 June 2010.
Navy ships TE KAHA and tanker ENDEAVOUR will take part in the Maritime Force Pacific (MARPAC) International Fleet Review which will showcase 12 ships from Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and United States of America navies as well as Coastguards from Canada and America and French Pacific forces.
The 12 ships will be anchored in the approach to Esquimalt Harbour on 12 June 2010. Other activities planned for the weekend are a Naval Parade of Nations through the streets of downtown Victoria and a spectacular fireworks display. It is expected that over 8,000 sailors will be taking part in the celebrations.
The Royal New Zealand Navy last visited Canada in 1993 and before that HMNZS WAIKATO took part in the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. The Royal New Zealand Navy regularly sends personnel to Canada for courses and both navies have mutual personnel exchanges.
The visit by TE KAHA and ENDEAVOUR is a sign of New Zealand’s wish to maintain and enhance a strong defence relationship with Canada. We share a common heritage and history including fighting alongside one-another in two world wars.
For further information - please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser - Navy 021 244 0638.