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Navy flag to be hoisted on harbour bridge

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/09/2016

The White Ensign of the Royal New Zealand Navy is about to fly above Auckland Harbour Bridge for the first time.

The flag will be hoisted at dawn on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the RNZN's founding. It will fly above bridge again on every October 1.

The Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin says the White Ensign symbolises the navy's historic contribution to New Zealand's peace and security.

"Our navy patrols the fourth-largest exclusive economic zone in the world and our work stretches from Antarctica to the Middle East," he said.

"In this, our 75th year, it is wonderful to celebrate our country's acknowledgement of their navy in such a way."

The flag raising is part of a year of celebrations, culminating with the International Naval Review.

As part of the four-day review, warships from a number of nations will enter Auckland harbour in formation on November 17.

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