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Exercise demonstrates importance of preparedness

A new joint forces commander has been announced for New Zealand."

The South Island of New Zealand played host as the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and other nations completed a joint military exercise. 

Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15) tested the military capabilities of the nations as well as their readiness in an emergency situation, showcasing the ability for the ADF and NZDF to work together and with other militaries.

Multilateral military campaign led by New Zealand

It is the first time in more than 10 years that Fiji has participated in a joint exercise with the NZDF.

A fictional military campaign designed to train readiness in the NZDF and ADF, SK15, was successfully completed on November 24. It ran from October 17 and was aimed at testing the ability of the NZDF personnel when responding to humanitarian disasters and other emergencies in the Pacific.

SK15 involved more than 2,000 military personnel, included 150 from the ADF, and utilised capabilities used for naval, land, and air purposes. The ADF contributed its amphibious forces for the security exercise in order to validate its capabilities.

"The exercise demonstrated our combined ability to respond to a humanitarian assistance or security situation within the South West Pacific region," said ADF Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston. 

"It also provided an opportunity to exercise the ANZAC Ready Reaction Force."

The ANZAC Ready Reaction Force is an initiative between the governments of both nations to jointly prepare for any emergency situations in the region. The exercise also involves seven other nations, Canada, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Moreover, it signalled the first time in more than 10 years that Fiji has participated in a joint exercise with the NZDF due to to political reasons.

The exercise showed the ability of the NZDF to work well with its allies, including the ADF.The exercise showed the ability of the NZDF to work well with its allies, including the ADF.

What did it involve?

The fictional exercise centred around a fake country named Becara. Troops needed to be deployed to establish stability through a multinational Combined Joint Task Force, commanded by the NZDF. During it, residents acted as activists, internally displaced people and foreigners in need of evacuation, which hits close to home for the NZ soldiers.

New Zealand soldiers have been sent to respond to the emergency situations in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands in the past. NZDF Joint Forces Commander Major General Tim Gall noted the similarity between the exercise and the crises in these nations.

"Our personnel are well-trained and ready to respond to any crisis at home or overseas. Through countless operations and exercises here and internationally, we have shown that we are able to operate effectively alongside other militaries," said Major General Gall. 

The exercise was aimed at readiness in an emergency and it also showcased the importance of military allies, and ability for the NZDF and ADF to work well with other countries.

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