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RNZAF: Orions Successful in Pacific Search and Rescue Missions

The Royal New Zealand Air Force was able to locate a missing vessel near Manihiki (Cook Islands) last night, enabling rescue of a man and a six-year-old boy on board. The pair, who had been missing since 7 June, were rescued after the Orion crew coordinated a rendezvous with local sea vessels at night using […]

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RNZAF: Air Force Takes Out Top Military Award at International Aerospace Competition

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has won top honours in the military section of the Aerospace Maintenance Competition held in Miami Beach, Florida, between 13-16 April. The competition consists of 20 separate skill challenges, two of which the RNZAF team won outright – the electrical distribution and the fibre optic fault finding tests. […]

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RNZAF to Mark Anniversary with Historical First

For the first time in history, five women will parade the Queen’s Colour at the RNZAF’s 78th anniversary service in Wellington today. Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Mike Yardley says: “This is a first-time occurrence for our organisation – and it’s just one of the ways we’re consciously building and defining the RNZAF […]

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RNZAF: Air Force Orion Finds Stricken Yacht

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft has successfully located a yacht in distress approximately 1200Nm NE of NZ and 600Nm south of Rarotonga. Responding to a distress signal picked up by the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ), the P-3K2 Orion and crew from No 5 Squadron at Whenuapai, Auckland […]