15th February 2016
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) multi-role vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY will be visiting its home port, Lyttelton, from today until 22 February as part of the RNZN’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
HMNZS CANTERBURY arrived in Lyttelton this morning and will participate in an exercise that involves around 120 navy personnel and more than 100 soldiers over the coming days.
On Saturday 20 February at 10am, 90 sailors from HMNZS CANTERBURY will march along Rangiora's High Street in a naval Charter Parade.
HMNZS CANTERBURY will be open to the public on Sunday 21 February from 10am-2pm so people can find out more about the Navy of today, and the dedicated efforts of our service men and women in protecting New Zealand.
HMNZS CANTERBURY was berthed at Lyttelton on 22 Feb 2011 when the devastating Christchurch earthquake struck, and her crew rendered immediate assistance to the community. She is regularly deployed overseas to undertake humanitarian and disaster relief operations — most recently in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam caused severe damage.
The 75th anniversary programme called Operation Neptune consists of a series of special events held throughout New Zealand in 2016.
For more information you can also visit the Operation Neptune webpage, and follow the RNZN Facebook page for regular updates on events and how you can get involved.
HMNZS CANTERBURY Home Port Programme
20 Feb: Charter Parade, Rangiora.
21 Feb: Public Open Day, Lyttelton Port
22 Feb: Christchurch earthquake memorial service at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Note — Five year Christchurch earthquake memorial service: On 22 February, around 70 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel led by the Commanding Officer of the HMNZS CANTERBURY will attend a public memorial service marking five years since the tragic Christchurch earthquake. Personnel from all three services will lay wreaths in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
For further information, please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980