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NZDF Orion Logs Second Successful SAR in Five Days

A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft today logged its second successful search in five days when it found two Kiribati fishermen who were reported missing last week. Air Component Commander Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Darryn Webb said the Orion, from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 5 Squadron, spotted the two men waving from […]

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New Pilot Training Takes Air Force into the Future

The new Pilot Training Capability at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea was officially opened today (14.04). The new purpose-built facility at 14 Squadron (14 SQN) is made up of 11 T-6C Texan aircraft, pilot training simulators, instructors, and support staff. After being officially opened by the Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) […]

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NZDF: Tauranga Local First Female NH90 Pilot

Seeing Fijian children waving and shaking hands with grateful villagers through the cockpit window of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 medium utility helicopter are among the highlights so far in Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Penny Khull’s deployment to Fiji. “This is the first time I’ve been deployed on an operation overseas. It has been […]

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NZDF: More Supplies for Devastated Fiji Islands

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) multi-role vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY has returned to Suva to load more emergency supplies for Fiji’s northern outer islands and replenish her own supplies. Commander (CDR) Simon Rooke, Commanding Officer of CANTERBURY, said 15 tonnes of construction materials and nine tonnes of food were loaded for distribution in the northern […]

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NZDF: Air Force Celebrates 75 Years of Women’s Service

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has celebrated 75 years of women’s service as over 200 airwomen past and present, including veterans who served during the Second World War, gathered at RNZAF Base Ohakea over the weekend. The Acting Chief of Air Force, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Tony Davies said: “We are proud to celebrate 75 […]

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NZDF NH90 Helicopters Conduct Mercy Flights To Cyclone-Hit Fiji Communities

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters today delivered essential aid supplies to cyclone-ravaged communities in Fiji as part of their first overseas mission. The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) 3 Squadron NH90 Detachment Commander, Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Ben Pryor, said the multi-role helicopters are providing a critical link between the main population […]