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Chairman's Message to 2019 AGM



Following the significant achievements in support of the interests of 5 Squadron and its present and past members over recent years 5 Squadron Association has had a relatively quiet year.

Over the past year the Squadron has maintained its reputation as one of the most effective and productive operational units in the New Zealand Defence Force. With its six P3K-2 aircraft and four operational crews it has conducted maritime and multirole missions in the South Pacific, Southem Ocean, South China Sea, East China Sea, Australia and Malaysia, all at a high level of reliability and capability. The integrated Mission Support from MSS Whenuapai is highly professional and compatible with our allies and friendly forces.


The squadron continues to keep one crew on two-hours standby and one on 24-hours standby for Emergency and Search and Rescue tasks and has flown 74 hours on SAR so far this vear.

It has trained and graduated eight new aircrew Corporals and conducted tasked missions on behalf of nine different government agencies including.GNS Science, MBIE, MFAT;NZ Police, Customs, Met Service amd Maritime New Zealand.

There have been no opportunities for our Association to contribute directly to the squadron's calendar of events this year so our focus on holding the AGM on a squadron training and social day provides a catalyst for interaction between current and past members. I believe that our most importailt purpose is to provide for continuing links between past members of the unit, and keep up-to-date on personal and operational changes. Our excellent website, so well maintained by Peter Culpan, provides for hours of browsing, Association records and posts of recent news relating to the squadron. This, along with the regular mailouts of the 'Air Force News' to members, provides news and helps to remind members to advise the committee of changes to their contact details, Last Posts, and of former service companions and families in circumstances where a friendly call would be appreciated.

On your behalf I thank Peter Culpan for his sterling work as our webmaster and committee members Greg Taylor, Vern Reynolds, Darrell Simpson, Don Bennington, Peter Burch, John Fitch, Brian Grimwood, Roger Binney and FIt Lt Andrew Day for their commitment on your behalf. Vern looks after our dwindling supply of the "Kiwi Orions" books to fulfil orders and ensure they are well accounted for, Darrell the necessary administrative liaison for the annual 5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy, John Fitch liaises for us with Base facilites when required, Flt Lt Andrew Day is on willing standby on the squadron and Don, Peter and Brian can be relied upon to respond whenever needed.

After l5 years as your Chairman I believe it is high time for new volunteers, with the interests of the association and the squadron atheart, and so have nominated Logan Cudby to chair the committee. Greg Taylor, our Secretary and Treasurer since 2011, is taking the 'membership database' role and has nominated Glen Moratti to be the new SecretarylTreasurer. Brian Grimwood and Roger Binney are retiring after a job well done and Les Matthews has been nonimated for the committee. I am willing to stay on the committee for the next year and am very pleased to welcome the new members.

If you have not obtained your copy of "KIWI ORIONS'please contact Vern Reynolds jreynolds@xtra.co.nz before the stock runs out! It is a timeless record of a great era.

Gordon Ragg AFC JP


Gordon. Raqg@xtra. co.nz l3 May 2019






The first use of air power was to observe the battlefield from the air; the advantage of height allowing more to be seen than is possible from the ground


Details of the unfolding battle was reported to commanders, enhancing their situational awareness and informing their decisions. until 1911, this role was usually performed using manned balloons but in October of that year the first reconnaissance flight using powered aircraft was undertaken by the Italians during the Italo-Turkish War in Libya. Later, during WWI, scouting aircraft were regularly reconnoitring the battlefronts of Europe. Reconnaissance, and its companions surveillance and intelligence, remain fundamental to air power, and to the conduct of warfare itself. Collectively, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) has far wider applicability than just on the battlefield and is central to a country’s ability to understand what is happening within its borders, and outlying maritime region. ISR aircraft are routinely deployed into international waters to monitor sea lines of communication, more commonly referred to as sea lanes, in order to ensure that international trade is not impeded by pirates or arbitrary actions 
of other nations. In the same manner, sea lanes and maritime areas are monitored for illegal activities, to ensure international sanctions are upheld, or to support government agencies. For example, No 5 Squadron RNZAF has recently conducted surveillance missions in New Zealand waters, and around the world, for the following purposes: • Identify illegal fishing activities in the Ross Sea. • Monitor uN sanctions against North Korea. • Carrying out a census of southern right whales in New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands. • Cyclone and earthquake damage reconnaissance. • Identify acts of piracy, and people and drug trafficking in the Middle East. • Various search and rescue missions in the Pacific.

When required, other Air Force squadrons also undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions such as a No. 40 Squadron C-130 aircraft dispatched to look at forest fires on the Chatham Islands, a No. 3 Squadron NH90 helicopter conducting aerial patrols of Fiordland, and a No. 42 Squadron B200 King Air aircraft deployed to assess cyclone damage in the Pacific. But, what do we mean by the terms Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance? First we will start with surveillance, which is the systematic observation of air, surface or subsurface areas, and places, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. Simply put, surveillance is a wide-area search carried out over a long period of time and is about monitoring and collecting information about an area of observation, and looking for abnormalities and potential threats within that area. In terms of New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), airborne surveillance is carried out regularly and will continue well into the future. 
However, we may see aircraft based surveillance of the EEZ being supplemented with Earth observation satellites. Reconnaissance is slightly different. It is a specific mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an adversary, or potential adversary, or to secure geographical data about a particular area. While surveillance may detect something amiss in an area, reconnaissance is about understanding what is going on. Further, in terms of disaster relief, reconnaissance is vital to understand the effects of a cyclone, earthquake, or tsunami. From the information gained, appropriate support can be provided to the communities requiring assistance. Intelligence is the product resulting from the processing of information gained during surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It provides national leadership, or military commanders, an understanding of what is happening in an area of concern, including supporting 
details such as weather, cultural, and geographical aspects relevant to the situation. The strategic role of ISR is to enable decision superiority by providing key pieces of data, information, and intelligence that assists the Air Force, NZDF, and New Zealand Government in achieving its objectives. ISR’s tactical role is to provide battlespace awareness, and information superiority, and therefore, decision superiority to military commanders. Basically, ISR involves getting the right information to the right people, in the right format, at the right time. By providing the best possible intelligence to the military commander, they can plan and make the best operational decisions. Air and satellite based ISR is used to achieve an early awareness of potential crisis points and enhance the quality of political and highlevel military understanding that leads to informed decision-making.













Photos of the Laucala Bay Monument Event 2018

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


Space Age Hazard 

Middle East Surveillence

If you have not obtained your copy of "KIWI ORIONS'please contact Vern Reynolds before the stock runs out! It is a timeless record of a great era.






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

Facebook Slideshow  

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. 


Poseidon provides increased security A P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance a six-month deployment of a Navy

ADF’s main operating base in the Middle East on October 15 to join an international maritime security mission.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the P-8A aircraft’s advanced surveillance and intelligence-gathering capabilities provided a modest and meaningful contribution to maintaining the freedom of navigation and safe passage of merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.

“The P-8A will work alongside our coalition partners to keep vital supplies for the international community flowing through the region,” Senator Reynolds said.

“Australia has a longstanding comto maritime security in the mitment waters of the Middle East and continues to support the fundamental right of all states under international law to expect safe passage of their trade.” The P-8A aircraft’s one-month deployment is part of a limited and time-bound commitment that includes frigate from January 2020 and a small number of ADF personnel serving in the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.

The P-8A will finish its deployment by the end of November.

“This military contribution complements our longstanding commitment with allies and partners to anti-piracy and counterterrorism in the Middle East,” Senator Reynolds said.

Air Task Group Commander GPCAPT Mark Barry said it was the first time a P-8A Poseidon had operated in the Middle East.

“Not only will the aircraft be making an important contribution to regional peace and security, but we will also be able to test the P-8A and its crew in a number of challenging scenarios,” GPCAPT Barry said.

“The Poseidon will make a welcome addition to the efforts of our coalition partners to boost regional security and help shipping pass through the Strait of Hormuz without interference.”



Register as an association member

 All past and present 5 Squadron Personnel are eligible and are warmly encouraged to register. It's free, no subs and no annual renewal required. Current members will automatically be put onto the registered members list so, for many, it’s even easier. Benefits include fellowship, mailouts of ‘Air Force News’ and occasional squadron support activities. Contact Vern Reynolds jreynolds@xtra.co.nz

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