Topic: First visit by Naval Squadron since 1864

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For the first time since the battle of Gate Pa a century ago, a squadron of Navy vessels is to visit Tauranga - this time to take part in the ceremonies commemorating that battle. As a distinguised naval officer, Rear-Admiral R. E. Washbourne, CB, DSO, OBE, chief of the NZ naval staff and first naval member of the Naval Board, will also make his first visit to Tauranga for this occasion. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Monday, 27 April 1964, and is reproduced here with their permission.

The five ships, the frigate HMNZS Pukaki and the motor launches Paea, Mako, Manga and Haku of the Fishery Protection Squadron, will enter harbour about 9 a.m. tomorrow and the Pukaki will be berthed at the Tauranga wharf about an hour later, the other four probably going to Coronation Pier.

Lieutenant-Comander A. G. Rhodes, captain of the Pukaki, and Lieutenant-Commander D. H. Davies, senior officer of the fishery squadron, will pay official calls during the forenoon, and they will later be returned on board the Pukaki.

Naval detachments will take part in the functions to be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons at Gate Pa, Te Ranga and the Mission Cemetery respectively.

All of the ships will be open to visitors from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and special arrangements can be made for organised groups such as scouts, cadets and school parties, which should not number more than 20 to 30, to go on board the Pukaki in the mornings.

The Pukaki will sail for Auckland on Sunday night, and the vessels of the fisheries squadron will leave on Monday morning. 

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