Southerners get a taste of navy life

Public take chance to explore ship

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 10/03/2014
Dominic Buckby
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WATER POWER: Dominic Buckby, 8, of Invercargill, tries squirting one of HMNZS Wellington’s hoses out to sea.

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Hundreds of Southlanders joined the navy at the weekend.

The public got the chance to explore HMNZS Wellington in Bluff in an open day on Saturday.

From trying on uniforms, to talking to sailors and even enjoying a free sausage sizzle, Southlanders got a rare insight into life at sea.

Youngsters got to try out their strength with the hoses and also got a chance to handle the guns.

But it was not just all fun and games.

Some took a look into the day-to-day life of the sailors on board, from the bunk rooms, to the gym.

A few even got to take charge of the boat, sitting in the commander's chair for the afternoon.

The 85-metre ship, which can take between 36 and 85 crew on board, carries out maritime patrols, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peacekeeping operations support and military operations support.

The ship returned from the Auckland Islands last week, on a trip to support and supply equipment to Department of Conservation workers.

The ship leaves port today

 

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