USS Truxton and Longbeach arrive in Wellington and Auckland for port visits in 1976. At this time there was little movement from factions opposed to Nuke ships. When USS Pintado and USS Haddo arrived in 1978 and 1979 respectively the tide had changed. Protest fleets more especially for Haddo became very well organised and many still remember that protester who clambered up on the bow of the submarine.
When Haddo arrived a year later, despite the large-scale protest, she berthed too at Training Jetty.. Monowai was in port and provided two SMB's for Radioactivity monitoring on a 24/7 basis, as well as Liberty boat runs. I was crew of Astrolabe and we were shown through the vessel - IMMENSE!!
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Truxton Soundclip Wellington
Sadly the final ship visit in 1983, the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Texas, has very little historic coverage. She did anchor in the stream and once again Monowai provided boats for monitoring and Liberty Boat runs. As it turned out, that was the last ship of any capability from the US and coincidentally the UK. History is history and things stay the same or change. Like the Springbok tour of 1981, the protests were a catalyst for a change of maturity of our fledgling country.
Three USS Texas images on the internet related to the protests.
And Texas and Paea in Auckland.
Video of Longbeach arriving in Auckland. Takapu stars. Click following text for video.
Auckland welcomes USS Longbeach with protests.