Hundreds lined the wharf in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday (August 2) when the nuclear protest frigate Otago sailed into harbour.
GV Otago sails into Auckland harbour
GV Crew parading on deck
GV Otago ties up at dockside
SV Gangway fixed in position
GV PAN Welcoming crowds
SV Mr. Faulkner walks up gangway and shakes hands with captain
SV Youth holding up banners (2 shots)
GV Crew disembarking and greeted by families (4 shots)
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Background: Hundreds lined the wharf in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday (August 2) when the nuclear protest frigate Otago sailed into harbour.
The ship had shadowed the French nuclear tests in the Mururoa zone of the South Pacific before handing over to the frigate Canterbury.
The ship was met by the New Zealand Defence Minister Arthur Faulkner and other Government members as well as a large number of relatives.
The Otago had been five weeks at sea in New Zealand's silent protest against the French nuclear tests which were watched on board by the New Zealand Immigration Minister Fraser Colman.
On Saturday (August 4) the New Zealand Defence Minister announced that the naval confrontation with France in the test zone would end on Monday when the frigate Canterbury will also head for home.
The announcement coincided with a Commonwealth leader's statement in Ottawa calling for as end to all nuclear testing, particularly in the atmosphere.
The French have exploded two nuclear devices while New Zealand has had a frigate patrolling inside the test zone.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday the New Zealand frigate Otago sailed into Auckland harbour, after its silent vigil against the French nuclear tests at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific. It was five weeks since the Otago had sailed off on its voyage of protest.
The ship was inside the test zone, with the New Zealand Immigration Minister Fraser Colman on board, when the first French nuclear device exploded. It was later relieved by the frigate Canterbury.
There was a big welcome for the Otago at the wharf side from hundreds of relatives and wellwishers.
First to go aboard was the New Zealand Defence Minister Arthur Faulkner to congratulate the Otago's Captain and crew.
On Saturday Mr. Faulkner announced New Zealand would end its peaceful confrontation with France in the test zone.
The announcement came as Commonwealth leaders decided in Ottawa to call for an end to nuclear testing, particularly in the atmosphere.
The French have exploded two nuclear devices while New Zealand had a frigate patrolling inside the tea zone.
Mr. Faulkner said the Otago and Canterbury had been deployed in the fist zone to underline the illegality of the French atmospheres testing. The operation will end on Monday when the Canterbury heads for home.