The Royal New Zealand Navy’s newest Offshore Patrol vessel, HMNZS Wellington has the honour to be the guard ship for the 171th Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta.
This honour has been bestowed on a naval vessel since the 1860’s. In 1862 HMS Miranda and Fawn, stationed in New Zealand, were present at the regatta in Auckland Harbour after the conclusion of the Taranaki War.
Between the 1860’s and 1920’s the presence of a naval vessel was spasmodic and it wasn’t until the development of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy 1921 that the navy’s involvement was more consistent.
This year, HMNZS Wellington will be the ‘Start Ship’ for the races and will be anchored off Bean Rock. Onboard the ship will be the Rt Hon, Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor-General, hosted by the Commodore Ross Smith, Maritime Component Commander.
Also, as part of this year’s Auckland Anniversary Birthday Celebrations and Regatta, HMNZS Wellington will be open to the public. Members of the public are warmly welcome to take a tour onboard the ship and meet the men and women of the ships company.
What: HMNZS Wellington will be open to the public
When: 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2011
(last visitors at 3:00pm)
Where: Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland.