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At the heart of all the changes is the Capability Management System (CMS). The CMS is the guidance, standards, frameworks, enablers, tools and people required to undertake Capability Management activities. It is underpinned by the Capability Management Framework (CMF) Online. CMF Online sets out the roles and responsibilities processes and procedures for how Ministry and NZDF staff jointly deliver capability projects. It can be accessed by all Defence staff and ensures Defence processes are implemented in a consistent, repeatable way. AVM Davies said fundamental to the CMS was the early lifecycle thinking and planning for critical elements such as user requirements, capability integration and through life support. “This means using our military expertise as subject matter experts, bringing the expertise into the projects a lot earlier to support better quality capability, more seamless integration, and a ‘no surprises’ approach across our Services.” The DCCAP is a big project with ambitious goals, Defence is currently just over the halfway point and the Ministry is pleased with how change is progressing, noting the future state will significantly improve how Defence manages all aspects of new capability. Ms Quilter said by 2020 we will be in a position to better anticipate our future capability needs over a longer period. “We would have improved how we achieve better accuracy in acquisition costs, the personnel needs to operate and support the new capability, and our ability to fund the capabilities through their lifetime. “But more importantly, that service people know about and genuinely look forward to the new capabilities, and they receive the training and preparation they need ahead of time,” she says. 

Projects underway in the air domain using the new CMS: • Air Surveillance Maritime Patrol • Future Air Mobility Capability Project • NH90 Flight Training Device


Chairman’s Message to 2018 AGM

Minutes AGM 2018

5 Squadron RNZAF Trophy presentation to Cpl Alex McLean at the 20th AGM June 2018.

 


 Photos of the Laucala Bay Monument Event 2018

 

Laucala Bay Monument

Note the symbolism that the artist, Shane Bower from Savusavu, has created with the wings of a giant seabird (albatross) mounted above the representative fuselage - the lower half of which is a Sunderland wing float. more

 

 

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

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 example of the range of tasks we do in support of other New Zealand government agencies, as well as our South West Pacific neighbours,” Group Captain Shaun Sexton, the Acting Air Component Commander, said.

“The other driver, of course, is efficiency. Whenever we send an aircraft to do a job, it usually has three to four other tasks to complete. That way we get a lot more done from a single mission.”

Squadron Leader Jimmy Peters, the aircraft captain, said the first item on the Orion’s to-do list was to air-drop about 130 kilograms of mail for Department of Conservation staff based in the remote Kermadec Islands.

The aircraft will also survey Monowai, an active underwater volcano halfway between Tonga and the Kermadecs, for GNS Science.

On Friday (NZT), a 17-member team led by Squadron Leader Peters will brief officials from several Niue government agencies, including the Niue Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Niue Police, about the NZDF’s maritime surveillance and search and rescue capabilities. They will also give Niue officials a quick tour of the Orion.

Squadron Leader Peters said he expected “mutually beneficial discussions” with Niue officials following the briefing.

“It’s good to have these face-to-face engagements where we can chat about how we conduct search and rescue and maritime patrols and also gain an understanding of their expectations,” he said.

“This is essential, so we can wrk together smoothly if and when required in the future.”

The NZDF regularly sends aircraft and ships to conduct maritime surveillance patrols in support of South West Pacific countries. In 2017, RNZAF planes flew 114 hours on nine search and rescue missions in the Pacific.


 

 

75th Anniversary 1941-2016

MOTAT and Whenuapai events photo collection

 

 

A Blast From the Past

Here is a series of links kindly provided by Robin Klitscher. These links are pieces written
by Robin K which will be of interest to members, particularly the web-footers.

Recently digitised footage of Laucala bay


Sunderland Veterans Rolling Back The years

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With thanks from Wings Over New Zealand


5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy Recipients

The award includes a printed copy of the citation and an inscribed plaque to be retained by the recipient. 


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