3 October 2013
HMNZS TE MANA in formation with (L-R) JDS Makinami (Japan), RSS Endeavour (Singapore), USS Chosin (United States) and the Chinese Navy ship Qingdao as they prepare for the International Fleet review in Sydney (credit Royal Australian Navy).
The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS TE MANA will be one of about 40 warships from 19 countries and 16 tall ships taking part in Australia's International Fleet Review, starting tomorrow in Sydney.
The Review celebrates the centenary of the entry of the original Royal Australian Navy (RAN) seven-ship fleet into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913.
A week of naval events will begin with about 20 of the Australian and visiting ships entering Sydney Harbour between 6am and 4pm tomorrow (Friday 4 October). HMNZS TE MANA is expected to come in between 8am and 10am (Sydney time). (For those onshore, apart from flying the New Zealand White Ensign, she is easily recognisable by the black kiwis painted on her funnels.)
At 10am, on rounding Bradleys Head the frigate HMAS SYDNEY will fire a 21-gun salute. Seven RAN warships will then sail under the harbour bridge and around Cockatoo Island before proceeding to their berths.
TE MANA will not be the only New Zealand ship in the review. The Spirit of New Zealand is part of the Tall Ships Festival, and will also be on the harbour on Saturday. She was sailed over by 32 RNZN junior officers and ratings under training.
The Navy Band is in Sydney to play on military ceremonial occasions, as well as performing at several concerts in the city this week. They too will be on the water tomorrow morning, entertaining commuters on the Manly ferries between 7am and 8.30am.
Events next week include the RAN Sea Power Conference, at which New Zealand will be represented by Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer. There is a public street parade through the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 9 October, starting at 12.30 pm, in which New Zealand sailors will march side by side with some 4000 sailors from Australia and the other countries involved in the Review.
The New Zealand White Ensign will fly beside Australia's White Ensign on Sydney's Anzac Bridge near the CBD from 3-11 October, in recognition of the close relationship between the two countries.
Other events during the Review include fixed-wing and helicopter flypasts and aerobatic displays, and a spectacular fireworks and light show on the harbour.
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