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"We all get along well, so there shouldn't be any issues I don't think."
A total of 250 personnel would be on board for the two and a-half week journey.
Royal New Zealand Air Force Flying Officer Cameron Day, who was on exchange in the navy, said he had wanted to be a pilot since an air force pilot had visited Dunstan High School, in Alexandra, where he attended school.
The Invercargill-born 27-year-old said he was enjoying being docked in his home region.
"My dad came from Alexandra to visit me, which was pretty cool. I got to show him around the naval vessel.
"He was pretty amazed. It's always bigger than you expect."
It would be exciting to fly a helicopter which differed from air force helicopters, he said.
Canterbury was due to leave Dunedin at 6.30pm today.