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NZDF Receives Awards for Search and Rescue Missions

2017 AGM for 5 Squadron Association

The AGM is planned for Tuesday 27 June 2017.
Proposed start time is 1400 with an afternoon tea at 1500 and an opportunity to participate in an aircraft tour and squadron activities. Venue Whenuapai air base.


Aircraft head to Southeast Asian exercise

New Zealand Air Force helps find 400kg of heroin hidden on ships

Tuesday May 9, 2017

The New Zealand Air Force Orion was on patrol when it spotted two ships, later found to be carrying heroin. Photo / RNZAF


The New Zealand Air Force Orion was on patrol when it spotted two ships, later found to be carrying heroin. Photo / RNZAF

The New Zealand Defence Force has helped in the seizure of 400kg of heroin, worth about $220 million.

A New Zealand Air Force surveillance plane was on patrol as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), when it spotted two ships believed to be bound for Africa and Europe.

The French ship FS Surcouf tracked down the ships and found 200kg of heroin stashed on each.

The RNZAF Orion helps comb more than 6.4 million sq km of ocean, including the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.


NATTS Reunion – weekend 14-16 Jul 17 in Christchurch  

Dear Devon devotees and former F27 Fokker Friendship Friends. 17 July 2017 will mark 25 years since the closing of NATTS and the fantastic Fokkers final formation flypast. Over the weekend 14-16 July 2017 some decrepit Devonators together with some old Fokkers will be gathering together in Christchurch to reminisce and spin yarns of when they were young(er) with more, and/or less grey, hair. So please note it in your diary and pass on to people that may have worked on, flown in, photographed, or just think back fondly to their time on NATTS when Friendships were more than just “mutual affection and regard between individuals (usu. exclusive of sexual or family bonds)” - Concise Oxford.

14th Jul – Evening Gathering at Wigram Base (old No1 Officers Mess)

15th Jul – Daytime activity followed by dinner and dance in the Aircraft Hall at the Air Force Museum. This is open to all serving and ex-RNZAF pers as everyone one loves to remember a good Friendship. The evening function is looking at being a fundraiser for the Missing Wingman Trust

16th Jul – recover and head home

Point of Contact: SQNDLR Brett Marshall, XO Air Force Museum (note that XO is short for executive officer and not used, in this case, as a symbol of affection) brett.marshall@nzdf.mil.nz

Check out the “NATTS Reunion” facebook page for on going details.



Mr Brownlee says the aircrafts still have a few years left (Getty Images) Govt. looking at options to replace Air Force P-3 Orions

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

Facebook Slideshow  

With thanks from Wings Over New Zealand

From Across the Ditch

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

K i w i  O r i o n s     



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