We are extremely pleased to join the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Platinum Sponsor to help commemorate their 75th Anniversary and wish them all the best for the year's celebrations.
2016 marks a significant milestone for the RNZN as they celebrate their 75th anniversary since their establishment in 1941.
Beca's relationship with the New Zealand Defence Force stretches back over 50 years. Our foundation as an engineering practice almost 100 years ago was through Arthur Gray, a returning serviceman from the WWI battlefields in Europe. The company was later transformed under the visionary leadership of George Beca, a decorated RNZAF WWII Mosquito Pilot. And our current Group CEO, Greg Lowe, is a former Royal New Zealand Navy officer and engineer.
We are tremendously proud of our work with the Royal New Zealand Navy and Defence Force. This has included the design and development of defence infrastructure such as camps, bases, airfields, wharves and fuel installations. We have also provided systems engineering consultancy services to help develop, support and sustain defence capabilities and assets. Examples include the installation of Navy simulators at Devonport Naval Base and the management of capability upgrades to communications, sensors and weapons systems on HMNZ Ships.
Some key anniversary events throughout the year are:
30th Anniversary of Women at Sea - 23-24 June, Auckland
2016 also marks the 30th anniversary of women at sea. Women were first posted to a sea going ship - HMNZS Monowai in 1986. Westpac presents "30 Years: Women at Sea" International Seminar and Celebration to mark this milestone.
Siemens Navy Players Theatre Tour of New Zealand - September/October
Mark Hadlow, Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve and actor in the Hobbit and King Kong, has developed a live theatre tour to commemorate the anniversary. The theatre programme will include children's pantomime and a show of sketches featuring 75 years in 60 minutes. All proceeds will go towards local charities.
International Naval Review - 17-21 November, Auckland
The Navy and a number of international naval ships will sail into Auckland Harbour for five days of commemorations and celebrations in November. There will be displays in The Cloud, showcasing our country to our visitors and our Navy to the people of New Zealand, a street march and an opportunity to visit the ships during the open day.
HMS Neptune Memorial Service - 18 December, Wellington
One hundred and fifty New Zealand Sailors lost their lives when HMS NEPTUNE was sunk off the Libyan coast in 1941. The Navy's single greatest loss in peace or war will be commemorated with a ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington in the evening of Sunday 18 December.
For more information about these events visit nznavy75.co.nz