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NZ's worst naval tragedy commemorated

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016

New Zealand's worst naval tragedy - the World War II sinking of HMS Neptune in which 150 sailors died - is being remembered in a ceremony in Wellington this Sunday.

The light cruiser HMS Neptune was being prepared for transfer to the Royal New Zealand Navy when in December 1941 it sailed into an uncharted minefield in the Mediterranean.

Seventy-five years on, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will be among guests in Wellington at the commemorative ceremony.

As part of the event an audio-visual presentation will be projected on the front of the National War Memorial, while the ceremony will also mark the end of the year-long celebrations for the New Zealand navy's 75th anniversary

To honour those who died aboard the Neptune, the navy named its entire 75th celebrations Operation Neptune.

Ships from more than 15 nations joined Operation Neptune during the navy's International Naval Review in Auckland in November.

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