It’s not very often that one Navy ship visits Wellington, let alone the whole Navy at the same time. But it’s their 70th birthday, so the Navy came to town. I took quite a few photos from various points. Here are a few.
8 Navy ships in Wellington harbour
The photo below may be too small to really see but it shows 8 of the 9 ships I could see when I took the photo.
Some of the ships were berthed in pairs, side by side. The following smaller image shows white marks where the ships are.
At the bottom of the picture are 2 at the Overseas terminal. At left centre is one and on the right is one. In the middle of the photo are actually 5 ships.
Frigate HMNZS Te Mana – F111
The Frigate HMNZS Te Mana – F111 berthed where the Hikitia normally is, just behind Te Papa.
Te Mana carries a Seasprite helicopter.
HMNZS Canterbury, Taupo and Rotoiti.
The HMNZS Canterbury, L421, is a sealift and amphibious support vessel. Taupo and Rotoiti, berthed side by side are Inshore Patrol Vessels.
Nearby were several other vessels, but I haven’t included photos of them.
I was impressed by the size of the Canterbury which absolutely dwarfed the Helipro helicopters landing right beside it (hence the windsock). Mind you, it didn’t seem as big as some of the enormous cruise ships that visit in summer and berth down by the Stadium.
A casual visit
As a taxpayer I feel these ships belong to us. It was certainly interesting to see them in port. I didn’t take advantage of the chance to go aboard the 5 that were open to the public this weekend.
The ships also brought home to me again how wonderful it is to live in New Zealand. I was not the only person wandering the waterfront looking at the ships — there were loads of people around. But we were able to stroll past within touching distance.
Had I been foolhardy enough I could have simply reached out and put my hands on the ships, or even wandered up some of the relatively unattended gangplanks. I love living in a country where that’s possible.
I imagined how it could be in some places where I’m sure the public would have been kept at least 100 metres away behind fences and armed guards would have been stationed all around. But that’s not the way we do things here, and I love that.
Apparently tomorrow the ships will all form up in the Harbour before they leave — including the one or two that hadn’t arrived yet when I took my photos. If the weather obliges I hope to take photos of the full fleet in one spot.