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Visit to Devonport Naval Base

Dame Cindy and Dr Davies were formally welcomed to the Devonport Naval Base with a pōwhiri at Te Taua Moana Marae. After the pōwhiri, Dame Cindy presented the 2022 Bravo Zulu awards, which recognises outstanding achievements by sailors and units in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Next up was a chance for Dame Cindy and Dr Davies to come aboard some of the vessels in our Naval fleet, including Anzac Class warship the HMNZS Te Mana, and the HMNZS Aotearoa. Aotearoa is the largest ship in our Navy, and was deployed to Tonga where its desalination plant was able to provide fresh water after the devastating volcanic eruption in January 2022. The final stop at Devonport was a visit to Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, followed by a performance by the Royal New Zealand Navy band, featuring visiting friends from the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Piping party aboard the Aotearoa

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