There will be an on water flotilla to oppose the visit of the US warship and any other navies that are coming.
The USS Sampson carries the following arms:
1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 × 20mm Phalanx CIWS
This warship visit is about preparing New Zealand for war. The naval war training exercises in the Hauraki Gulf are the real reason for this US warship visit.
Letting this US warship in is an admission that John Key’s government is happy to be part of US wars across the world.
The warship visit is happening in conjunction with a weapons expo showcasing companies including Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms dealer. The weapons business benefits a few at the expense of the lives of millions around the planet. We don’t want it, and we don’t need it.
People will be turning out to oppose the government’s week of war making in November. Instead, communities are creating a week of peace action directed at stopping those who profit from and glorify wars.