RNZAF Orion and Crew Busy on Multiple Fronts in South West Pacific

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft and crew to carry out multiple tasks in the South West Pacific over the next five days. The Orion has been sent to deliver mail to Raoul Island, survey signs of activity from an underwater volcano, and conduct maritime surveillance patrols in support of Pacific Island nations. The crew will also brief officials in Niue about the NZDF’s maritime surveillance and search and rescue operations in the region. “This is a perfect…

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NZDF to Provide Maritime Patrol Support to Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today to spend the next three months conducting maritime patrols in Fiji. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, will help Fiji patrol its vast Exclusive Economic Zone and train its Navy sailors for the second consecutive year. The patrols by HMNZS Taupo, in support of the Republic of Fiji Navy, will involve the usual compliance monitoring activities, which include two Fishery Officers from New…

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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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Monument to be unveiled in Fiji for RNZAF flying boat veterans

A commemorative monument is to be unveiled in Fiji on Friday to recognise the service of veterans from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) flying boat operations based at Laucala Bay, from 1941 to 1967. RNZAF’s №5 Squadron conducted anti-submarine patrols, maritime reconnaissance and transport and air-sea rescue missions, flying Short Singapore, Consolidated Catalina and Short Sunderland aircraft. The monument, designed and made in Fiji, will be unveiled by Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama and New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark at the University of the South…

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Top 10 Badge Designs for HMNZS Aotearoa Announced

When Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin announced the public competition to design the ship’s badge for HMNZS Aotearoa in early July, he said he was looking for something “simple yet striking, reflective of the role of the ship and representative of the culture and heritage of this nation”. Given the name of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) newest and largest ship, it was to be expected that strong elements of symbolism and Kiwiana would be present in the badge designs submitted in the competition that closed on…

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The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has found the New Zealand sailor who activated his yacht’s emergency beacon early this morning about 166 kilometers east of Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the Air Component Commander, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft spotted the skipper of SV Waimanu waving from a life raft a few minutes after reaching the yacht’s reported location around midday. “The crew has yet to establish communications with the skipper but he is moving around in the life…

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Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols End on High Note

The combined maritime patrols between New Zealand and Fiji involving HMNZS Hawea have ended on a high note, with about 550 vessels boarded and 110 alleged infringements detected over the past seven months. Fiji authorities said the combined patrols contributed to their country’s maritime security and supported ongoing efforts to upskill Fijian Navy sailors. “They have supported the protection, conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s vast oceans and its fishery resources,” Captain Humphrey Tawake, Fiji’s Chief of Navy, said. About 50 Fijian Navy sailors, 27 Customs Officers and 19 Fishery…

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Strong Public Support for NZDF’s Largest Military Exercise

About 150 volunteers took part as role-players last weekend in Exercise Southern Katipo, reflecting the strong public support for the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) largest military exercise. An “internally displaced people’s” (IDP) camp was established on Friday at Smith’s Farm ‎Holiday Camp, near Havelock in Marlborough. About 150 locals, who were role playing as refugees, spent two nights in tents sharing facilities and resources before being evacuated by bus to Picton, where they boarded HMNZS Canterbury for an overnight sail to Nelson. “Most operations these days require the collective…

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HMNZS Hawea Assists Stricken Fijian Fishing Vessel

Kiwi ingenuity and good training came to the rescue when crew members of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea helped a stricken Fijian fishing boat while conducting fisheries patrols on Tuesday. Lieutenant Brock West, the Commanding Officer of Hawea, said a boarding team that included representatives from Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries were patrolling near Musket Cove, about 28 kilometers west of Nadi, when they spotted two boats at anchor and roped together. “The team went over to conduct an…

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NZDF’s Maritime Patrols in Fiji Detect More Infringements

A combined team from the New Zealand Defence Force, the Ministry for Primary Industries and Fijian Government agencies boarded 51 vessels and detected five alleged infringements during the latest patrol of Fiji’s maritime water aboard Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Hawea. The number of vessels boarded has reached almost 500 since the maritime security and fisheries patrols started more than five months ago. Lieutenant Brock West, the Commanding Officer of Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, said the latest alleged infringements included fishing without a license, dumping rubbish at sea,…

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NZDF Surveys Erupting Vanuatu Volcano

A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) aerial survey found huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of an erupting volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island. Group Captain Nick Olney, the Acting Air Component Commander, said imagery of Monaro volcano would help Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office determine if a large eruption was imminent. “We are pleased that we are able to help Vanuatu authorities with our Orion and our highly skilled crew,” Group Captain Olney said. “The NZDF always stands ready to support our Pacific neighbors,…

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NZDF to Transport Fuel by Sea and Road

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will help transport fuel around the country by sea and road to help ease a jet fuel shortage triggered by a damaged oil pipeline in Auckland last week. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the Royal New Zealand Navy tanker HMNZS Endeavour would sail for Marsden Point Oil Refinery on Thursday morning to upload up to 4.8 million liters of diesel fuel for delivery to ports in New Zealand. “Endeavour can provide the equivalent of 150 road tankers of…

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‘Aotearoa’ The Name Chosen for Navy’s Largest Ship

April 10, 2017 – The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has announced that the name of its newest and biggest ship will be HMNZS Aotearoa. Construction of the new 24,000-tonne vessel, the largest ship ever operated by the RNZN, will start next year, for delivery in January 2020. Five members of an RNZN panel, chaired by Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore David Gibbs, considered a range of names, with a shortlist presented to Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin for his final decision. It was a big name for…

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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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NZDF Survey Determines How Much Kaikoura Sea Floor Lifted During Quake

March 17, 2017 – A survey by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has determined the extent of Kaikoura’s sea floor lift during November’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Lieutenant Commander Philip Davies, who led the eight-member Royal New Zealand Navy hydrographic survey team, said the results indicated that the sea floor had risen by an average of about a meter in the area surveyed. “Because the actual depth of the sea floor is less than what had been charted, mariners should continue to navigate with caution in the area until revised charts…

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