Digital Photograph: Her Majesty's New Zealand Ships Canterbury, Otago and Pukaki berthed at Number Seven Wharf, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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25 Feb 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 25 February 2011 showing Her Majesty's New Zealand Ships (HMNZS) (left to right) Pukaki, Otago and Canterbury berthed at Number Seven Wharf in Lyttelton's Inner Harbour.
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HMNZS Canterbury was tied up in Lyttelton loading New Zealand Army equipment when the magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred on 22 February 2011. HMNZ ships Otago and Pukaki arrived soon after; they were also nearby for a large military exercise titled Exercise Southern Katipo which was cancelled and the resources involved redeployed to assist in and around Christchurch. HMNZS Resolution was also off the Canterbury coast carrying out hydrological surveying assignments and was diverted to Lyttelton to resurvey the shipping channel in order to check for damage. The Royal New Zealand Navy provided practical assistance in Lyttelton as well as transporting relief supplies by sea from Wellington.
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Inner Harbour, No. 7 Wharf
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The Naval vessels are best described in the following manner: HMNZS 'Canterbury' - L421,HMNZS 'Otago' - P148, HMNZS 'Pukaki' - P3568,( If you add these pennant numbers they will be distinguished from other ships with the same name, eg HMNZS 'Canterbury' - F421 - an earlier frigate ).

- Lex Calder

Posted on 25-05-2020 01:21:39

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