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Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships are arriving at ports around New Zealand prior to Anzac Day, and members of their crews will march alongside New Zealand Defence Force personnel at commemorative services around the country.
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Captain of Fleet Operational Support, Captain Jim Gilmour, says the visit by three Australian frigates – HMAS NEWCASTLE, HMAS PERTH and HMAS WARRAMUNGA - is a tangible expression of our ongoing close relationship with Australia.
“ANZAC Day will forever be a part of what it is to be a New Zealander or an Australian. It is particularly pleasing that this year in New Zealand, we are able to commemorate the sacrifices at Gallipoli with three Royal Australian Naval units,” says Captain Gilmour. “The values and bond between our countries was forged upon the Gallipoli Peninsula and as such, ANZAC is part of national identities.”
The visiting ships are:
As it is an operational visit by the three RAN ships they will not be open to the public.