Navy ship open for public viewing

EVAN HARDING
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014
 HMNZS Wellington
NICOLE GOURLEY

BOAT SHOW: The HMNZS Wellington, which the public will be able to walk through at Bluff tomorrow, from 10am until 2pm.

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Southlanders get the chance to wander through a navy warship and talk to its crew members tomorrow.

The HMNZS Wellington is docked at Bluff after returning from a trip to the Auckland Islands during which its roles included supporting and supplying equipment to Department of Conservation workers.

An open day for the public to board the ship and talk to crew members is being held from 10am until 2pm.

Visitors will be able to walk on the decks and see the ship's weapons, the bridge, officer accommodation and more.

The 85-metre ship, which can take between 36 and 85 crew on board, has dual roles, which include maritime patrol, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peacekeeping operations support and military operations support.

Bluff promotions officer Lindsay Beer said past open days on navy ships had been popular, with thousands of people turning out.

Additional car parking for the public tomorrow can be found at the oyster festival car park area paddock in Foreshore Rd.

evan.harding@stl.co.nz

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