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The event will be held over the period 23rd – 24th Sept 2016 and will consist of the following:   

Friday 23rd Sept.  A meet and greet at the squadron happy hour in the afternoon, timings and cost TBC.

Saturday 24th Sept.  A meet and greet held in the Walker lounge with tours of the simulators, hangars and aircraft. Tentative timings of 1000 – 1400 and cost TBC

A formal dinner to be held at the aviation display room MOTAT from 1800 onwards, approximate cost of $100 per person. Register



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Register on the linked website –  commit to purchasing commemorative beer –  6 pack for about $25. We will also soon have our bottles of Orion Port available for purchase through the anniversary website!

Trent Wyatt's amazing label design and a stunning Tawny Port from Soljans Estate have combined to produce a fantastic little drop, worthy of 50 years P-3 operations and 75 years since 5 Squadrons formation.

Proceeds after production costs will go toward funding the anniversary events, so get in early and secure your anniversary Port!



NZDF Plays a Part in Successful SAR in Hawaii

A RNZAF P-3K2 Orion aircraft deployed to Hawaii for Exercise RIMPAC


A RNZAF P-3K2 Orion aircraft deployed to Hawaii for Exercise RIMPAC

16 July 2016

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion taking part in Exercise RIMPAC in Hawaii has helped in a successful search and rescue for two people in a light aircraft which went missing about 25 miles north-west of Kona, the Big Island, yesterday afternoon.

The twin-engine aircraft was en route from Maui to Kona when the pilot reported an emergency, and the aircraft disappeared from radar shortly afterwards. The RNZAF Orion was diverted to the search from a RIMPAC flight, to assist US Coast Guard and US Navy units.

The pair were found at about 9.45am New Zealand time today after some 22 hours in the water, and winched to safety by a US Coast Guard helicopter. They had lifejackets on and were swimming to shore when located.

The Commanding Officer of No 5 Squadron, Wing Commander Daniel Hunt, said that it was a great result and that the Orion crew were delighted that they had been able to help their US colleagues with the search.

“We spend a good number of flying hours each year on such missions and sometimes we don’t get the result that we and those at home hoping for good news would like,” he said.

“The successful rescue of these two people is fantastic.”

The Orion will resume RIMPAC activities tomorrow, operating from its US base at Kaneohe Bay.




Chairman’s Message to 2016 AGM

The 5 Squadron Association Trophy 

was presented to

SQNLDR Mark Whiteside by Gordon Ragg February 2016


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

5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy Recipients

RNZAF Capability Development

RNZAF Projects

Air Capability development and delivery is the responsibility of the Assistant Chief Capability, HQNZDF. This includes the Introduction into Service of new and upgraded aircraft.

The Defence White Paper, released in June 2016, sets out the Government’s expectations for Defence over the coming decades. The White Paper provides Defence with the direction it needs to be able to effectively prioritise the roles and tasks it undertakes, both at home and overseas, and guide the modernisation of many of the Defence Force’s military capabilities.

Current projects:

  • P-3K2 Orion upgrade - The P-3K2 Orion surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft provide a wide area surveillance capability critical to maintaining awareness of New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and the Southern Ocean and the South Pacific. They also enable the Government to continue to offer a highly valued capability to international coalition operations. Work is currently underway to upgrade the Orions' underwater intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities, with the entire capability scheduled for replacement in the mid-2020s.


From Across The Ditch

Search and rescue exercise prepares combat crews for real-time events

FLGOFF Natalie Giles


A 10SQN AP-3C Orion prepares to drop a helibox containing drinkable water for a downed pilot off the coast of Townsville during Exercise Angel Reign.

Photo: CPL Glen McCarthy

THE largest Air Force-led joint personnel recovery exercise wrapped up in July with a realistic IED mass-casualty “event” at the Townsville Field Training Area.

Exercise Angel Reign 2016 was a bilateral exercise held from June 28 to July 7.

The Air Force Training Group’s large scale, two-week field training exercise involved Air Force, Army, civilian agencies and participants from the US.

The exercise provided combat search and rescue training for combat crews to ensure that any aircrew who become isolated could be recovered.

SQNLDR Ashley Hill, CO of Combat Survival Training School (CSTS) and deputy exercise director, said a lot of training targets had been achieved.

“This has been a very successful exercise,” SQNLDR Hill said.

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