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Public support for US Navy ship visit

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

Three out of four New Zealanders want a US Navy ship to visit New Zealand.

The Royal New Zealand Navy is marking its 75th anniversary in 2016 and the US Navy has been invited to an international naval review in November, potentially ending a 33-year hiatus of visits due to New Zealand's nuclear free policy.

A Newshub-Reid Research poll released on Sunday says 75 per cent of New Zealanders want a US ship to visit and 20 per cent don't.

A breakdown showed 89 per cent of National voters want a visit, 65 per cent of Labour, 65 per cent of Greens and 73 per cent of NZ First.

US ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, has said several times that the relationship between New Zealand and the US "may even be at the best place that it has ever been".

The US has a neither confirm nor deny policy on the nuclear status of its ships.

No US Navy ship has visited New Zealand since the nuclear-powered USS Texas in 1983.

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