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Ship loads of fun at navy open day

SIMON MAUDE
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014
Navy Fun Day

TAKE THE HELM: The public is welcome to take the navy’s ship simulator for a spin this Saturday at an open day.

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Ever wondered what it's like piloting a multi-million dollar warship into Auckland's busy harbour?

You can find out at the Royal New Zealand Navy's open day tomorrow.

Budding captains can take a ship's helm thanks to a state-of-the-art simulator and sailors will offer a guiding hand.

The navy will celebrate its first open day since 2010 with five ships and a helicopter on show.

Fast inflatable boats will zip around the HMNZS Manawanui to show-off boarding techniques and mine-sweeping divers will put on an explosives disposal exercise for the crowds.

Flag hoisting competitions, physical training displays, and firefighting techniques will also be on show.

Gates open at 10am when the Navy Band will perform and other entertainment includes a pipe and drums band and kapa haka performers.

Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall says the day is about opening its doors to the public combined with a mixture of demonstrations.

The Navy Open Day is at Devonport Naval Base, March 29, 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

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