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NZDF Receives Awards for Search and Rescue Missions

2017 AGM for 5 Squadron Association

Chairman’s Message to 2017 AGM

Air Force to the rescue of stranded NZers

Friday, 23 June 2017, 11:18AM

UPDATED 2.06PM: A New Zealand boat that's hit a reef off Fiji is badly damaged but its crew are safe.

The 20-metre yacht - Jungle - left Picton bound for Tonga last week.

Equipment failed so the crew changed course last night then activated a distress beacon at 4am to say they'd hit a reef 425 kilometres from Suva.

An Air Force Orion has found the vessel just off Tuvana-I-Ra Island, which is part of Fiji.

Rescue Coordination Centre spokesman Vince Cholewa says there's a small settlement on the island so those on board will get to shore by life raft or a boat from the settlement.

He says they'll be picked up by a Fiji Navy patrol boat but will have to wait about a day.

The yacht's owned by Peter McLean - who's on board with his son - as well as well-known Wellingtonian Geoff Marsland


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




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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