NZDF Joining Multi-National Military Exercise in Australia

July 1, 2019 (released July 10, 2019) – More than 600 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, 27 New Zealand Army light armoured vehicles, three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury are on their way to Australia for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This is the third time New Zealand has been invited to take part in the exercise, which is a bilateral, Australian-hosted and United States-supported combined exercise that is held every two years to improve combat readiness, exercise war fighting…

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New Zealand Defence Force’s Hospital on the Seas

For the first time, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is fully capable of performing operations and trauma care on a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) ship, with a hospital operating theatre, intensive care unit, x-ray and ultra-sound facilities, and blood bank. An NZDF contingent is in Vanuatu taking part in Exercise Tropic Major, which includes testing multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury’s ability to deploy a maritime medical capability, with a team of 21 medical personnel that includes a surgeon, anaesthetist, nurses, medics and a medical scientist. Officer in Charge Major…

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HMNZS Canterbury Supports Multi-Agency Work in the Kermadecs

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is transporting 51 government staff and scientists, 20 students and eight tonnes of equipment and material to the Kermadec Islands this week to support four agencies undertaking scientific and advocacy work there. Commodore Jim Gilmour, the Maritime Component Commander, said amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS Canterbury and an embarked SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopter would be providing logistic support to the Department of Conservation (DOC), GNS Science, MetService and Sir Peter Blake Trust during a resupply mission to Raoul Island from 26 February to 9 March. “The…

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Canterbury Sent on Resupply Mission to the Kermadecs

March 22, 2017 (Released April 5, 2017) – The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is transporting 50 staff and about 15 tonnes of equipment and building material to Raoul Island this week for three government agencies undertaking scientific work there. The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS Canterbury and a Royal New Zealand Air Force SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopter are transporting staff and supplies for Department of Conservation (DOC), MetService and GNS Science on the trip. The ship left Auckland today and will return on March 30. About…

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