Two navy ships arrive for Timaru visit
Two New Zealand Navy ships have arrived in Timaru to mark a special milestone.
The navy tanker Endeavour and the navy frigate Te Mana were welcomed to Timaru's port under a thick blanket of fog on Friday morning.
The ships are visiting as part of the navy's 75th anniversary celebrations programme, Project Neptune.
Members of the public will be able to participate in the occasion.
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Commander Grant Finlayson said the ships would be open to the public from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday.
The wharf would also be open to the public on Sunday during the same hours, but people would not be able to go on board the ships, he said.
The ships were set to depart Timaru about 9am on Monday.
The 3600 tonne-displacing, 118-metre Te Mana is one of two ANZAC frigates in the navy's fleet.
It was used in a range of different activities, including fishery patrols near Antarctica and piracy patrols, he said.
The 23-year-old HMS Endeavour will be replaced with a new ship in 2018 at a cost of about $250 million.
The last time a navy ship visited Timaru was about two years ago, Finlayson said.
Other navy ships would be visiting ports around the country as part of the celebrations, he said.