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Submarine spotted in Auckland's harbour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/11/2016

A submarine has been spotted in Auckland's harbour. But it's just our neighbours across the ditch paying a visit.

The HMAS Dechaineux took visitors to the Waitemata Harbour by surprise on Thursday morning, with several positing pictures of the half-submerged military vessel on social media.

But the sub's visit comes as part of a scheduled Naval Review to mark the New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary later this month.

Navy ships from 12 countries, including China and the United States, are set to take part in the major event which runs from November 14 to 22.

The visit by the destroyer USS Sampson will mark the first time in more than 30 years that an American warship has entered a New Zealand port.

The decision by the US to send it ended the stand-off over New Zealand's anti-nuclear laws.

The USS Sampson isn't nuclear armed or nuclear powered.

The imposition of restricted zones in the harbour during the event has raised the possibility of strife on the water if anti-war campaigners go ahead with their plan to meet the ships with a protest flotilla later this month.

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