The royal naval tradition of having admirals or a royal head of state review the fleet on special occasions is steeped in more than 600 years of history.
The Queen’s Representative Tom Masters was on board fishing charter boat the Clansman to continue the tradition of crying “three cheers” and a “raising of hats” as patrol boats taking part in Exercise Ika Moana sailed past in procession with sirens and flashing lights on full.
Also on board was Police Commissioner Maara Tetava and his leadership team to bid the maritime patrol boats a safe journey.
Masters was originally scheduled to review the fleet from traditional vaka Marumaru Atua but it was unable to be paddled around from Arorangi due to prevailing head winds.
Before leaving dock, Marsters was also honoured with a traditional guard of honour at the Avatiu wharf, where he formally made an inspection of a lineup of maritime police officers.