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MEMORIAL SERVICE – 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF HMS NEPTUNE

NOTE! NEW TIME 1030, Sunday 20 December 2020

St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base. Rig: 1BW (negative swords)

On 19 December 1941, HMS NEPTUNE sunk after hitting a mine off the coast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean. All but one of the 764 personnel aboard lost their lives. Amongst the crew were 150 New Zealanders, many of whom were reservists.  This event represents the largest loss of New Zealand life at sea and forms a significant event in the history of our Navy and especially of our Naval Reserve. Ship’s Company are invited to attend the service which will be led by Padre Michael Berry.

Please note the new time for this service due to the homecoming of HMNZS TE KAHA, due alongside at 1000 on this day.  As there is likely to be a number of people on base at this time, you are advised to leave plenty of time.  Please feel free to come early and wave TEK home!

Further information can be obtained from the Padre on his civilian address michael.berry@aucklandanglican.org.nz.

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