Thousands of people are expected to tour HMNZS Otago
when it is opened to the public in Dunedin at the weekend.
The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) ship was due to berth in
Dunedin, at the Birch St wharf, on Thursday evening and would
be opened for public tours on Saturday afternoon.
RNZN resident naval officer Lieutenant-commander Ian
Marshall, of Dunedin, said the protector class offshore
patrol vessel was in operation around the lower half of the
South Island and the ship's company would ''exercise its
right and privilege to pass through the city of Dunedin with
colours flying, drums beating, swords drawn and bayonets
On Saturday, about 50 members of the ship's company would
parade with naval cadets and reserves from HMNZS
Toroa, along St Andrew and George Sts to the Octagon,
where Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull would inspect them from 11am,
The vessel would then be opened to the public from 12.30pm to
Lt-cmdr Marshall said the last time people could tour the
ship in Dunedin was in July 2010, when 2963 went aboard
during its first home visit.
HMNZS Otago was due to leave Dunedin bound for
Devonport next Monday, with a small group of Dunedin naval
cadets on board.