The US Navy have spoken about the collision involving destroyer USS Fitzgerald.
"New Zealand may not have a large defence force but it consistently contributes what it can to defend our shared values of democracy and protect rule of law. Your contribution is always highly regarded and valued by the Alliance."
Damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald, aided by tug boats, has safely returned to port at Yokosuka.
General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited Sydney and Canberra while in Australia.