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NZDF Surveys Erupting Vanuatu Volcano

Imagery taken during a New Zealand Defence Force aerial survey yesterday showed huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of Monaro volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island.
 Imagery taken during a New Zealand Defence Force aerial survey yesterday showed huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of Monaro volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island.

27 September 2017

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 neighbours, especially in times like this.”

The NZDF has conducted aerial surveys of volcanoes in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Tonga in recent years, in response to requests from these countries. Yesterday’s aerial survey, which included the Ambrym and Lopevi volcanoes, had been planned before Monaro’s recent activity intensified.

Vanuatu authorities raised the official alert level recently to four, as Monaro’s eruption intensified. Alert levels range from 0 to 5, with level 5 indicating a large-scale eruption.

About 10,000 people live on Ambae Island, which has Monaro, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Monaro last erupted in 2005, prompting the relocation of about 5000 people across the 400-square-kilometre island.

The NZDF deployed about 350 personnel, amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS Canterbury and three aircraft to support disaster relief efforts in Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015.




NZDF personnel located 60 vessels of interest and boarded 26 others in multilateral fisheries patrols conducted recently to support Pacific Island countries. Among the serious breaches discovered were shark fins, misreporting a large catch of big eye tuna, and tampering with a vessel’s monitoring system. Involved in the operation were a P-3K2 Orion, Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Otago and fishery officers from the Ministry for Primary Industries to the joint fisheries patrols. The patrols involved 10 member countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Quadrilateral Defence Coordination Group comprising New Zealand, Australia, France and the United States. Air Component Commander, Air Commodore Darryn Webb, said the Orion spotted nearly 500 vessels during three days of patrols over 1.2 million square kilometres through Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia. More than 12 per cent, or 60 vessels of interest, were subsequently reported to the FFA to boost their awareness of maritime activity in the area. The FFA, established in 1979 to help countries manage their fishery resources, comprises 17 Pacific Island countries, including New Zealand and Australia.
“Our participation in these patrols demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to the effort against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through maritime surveillance and physical presence at sea, and the direct enforcement of national or regional fisheries regulations through the actual boarding of fishing vessels,” Air Commodore Webb said. HMNZS Otago, together with MPI fishery officers, boarded 26 vessels during patrols in the exclusive economic zones of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands and the adjacent high seas pockets. Lieutenant Commander Lorna Gray, the Commanding Officer of Otago, said that among many minor breaches, major breaches were found on a number of vessels. Shark fins were found on board one vessel, she said. Another was found misreporting a large catch of big eye tuna, while another was caught tampering with the vessel’s monitoring system. “Previous cases have shown that a significant percentage of IUU activity across the region is being conducted by legally licensed fishing vessels under- or misreporting their catch,” Lieutenant Commander Gray said. “Physical inspection is the only way to verify that the catch is being properly reported.” 




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RCCNZ Mission Coordinator Conrad Reynecke says a New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion has found the man – believed to be a missing fisherman. Photo / File

Airforce P3 Orion has found the man – believed to be a missing fisherman. 

Solo yachtsman found in stormy seas of Chatham Islands

A cargo ship is on its way to pluck to safety a stricken solo yachtsman in distress off the New Zealand coastline...........



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

From Across the Ditch




5 Squadron Association RNZAF Trophy 2017

Awarded to

Corporal Michael West



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

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