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Navy Warship Te Kaha Open Day


Sun 14 Dec 2014, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Queens Wharf, 99 Quay St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RoyalNZNavy

As part of the Royal New Zealand Navy's commemorations of the Battle of River Plate, the Anzac class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha will be open to the public at Queens Wharf. Members of the public are warmly invited to come down and step onboard- meet the sailors of our Navy.

The brow will close at 2.30pm, to ensure all tour guests get through the ship. Please also support our sailors as we march through Queen Street on Saturday 13 December (see our other listing).

13 December 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, which was the first naval battle of the Second World War and the only episode of the War to take place in South America. The battle involved the German cruiser, Admiral Graf Spee, and the Royal Navy South American squadron, consisting of HM Ships Ajax, Exeter and Achilles- the latter being manned by 312 Royal New Zealand Navy personnel.

It was a clear victory for the Allied navies and the Battle of the River Plate is a key moment in the history of NZ- over 60% of the sailors and officers who were aboard HMS Achilles at the battle were New Zeaalanders. This battle served to prove the fortitude and efficacy of New Zealand naval forces, prior to the formation of the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1941.

Our commemorations will take place over 13-14 Dec. Our Street Parade down Auckland's Queens Street is a re-enactment of the 582 ships company's of HMS Achilles, who made a proud march up Queens Street on return to New Zealand after this battle.

We honour those that served during the Battle, and remember those who passed, as we commemorate the history of our Navy.

Te Kaha has recently represented the Navy in several commemorative activities recognising the NZ Defence Force's commitment to the First World War centenary. She sailed from Wellington on 16 October 2014, 100 years to the day since 10 troopships and their escorts, including HMS Philomel, departed Wellington. Te Kaha proceeded to Albany, Western Australia, to attend Australia’s 100th anniversary commemorations of the joint departure of the Australian Imperial and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces to Egypt on 31 October. Next year Te Kaha will deploy to Gallipoli to be part of the commemorations for the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

The Navy's frigates are versatile warships that provide the NZ Government and Defence Force with key capabilities including:
- sustained and independent patrol and surveillance capability;
- capability to work in multi-national naval task-forces;
- weapons and systems to defend against air or submarine attack; and
- capability to support land forces using naval gunfire.

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