Wednesday, February 11, 2009


During Auckland Anniversary weekend, the public was allowed to come aboard the HMNZS Te Mana, a frigate. We weren't allowed below deck, but did get to inspect the bridge, and P even got to sit in the Captain's chair. (I suspect "Captain" is not the right word. Commander? Commodore? Admiral?)

My mom pointed out the "cute" kiwi that adorns this ferocious war vessel. And cute it most certainly is! No doubt it is so the crew can locate which grey frigate is theirs when on leave at busy ports. I imagine the US Navy has a large, predatory eagle on theirs, and a flag that is 6 times larger than standard.

While on deck, we were thrilled to get our hands on some real guns!
They were really heavy!

My heart nearly burst with joy and pride at the sight of my beloved daughter trying out all the guns! Too bad they were chained down and ammo free!

We were lucky to be in line with this fine fellow (standing behind his lovely partner) because he knew what all the different guns were used for (besides just shooting things, like I assumed).

After the tour we listened to the NZ Navy marching band play the theme song from Lord of the Rings. The perfect end to a very hot day!

1 comment:

Blog Stalker said...

Great fun! I especially like the guns!

Have a great day!