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NZDF dedicated to improving stability in the Middle East

RAAF Base Woomera will increase the region's testing and training capabilities."

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is committed to working in the Middle East region to restore stability. One such way the organisation is working towards this goal is through an international operation designed to combat human and drug trafficking as well as piracy.

In early December last year, an NZDF P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft returned to New Zealand shores after participating in this mission for 16 months, the longest to be completed by this Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) squadron.

NZDF's Middle East operations

"The Orion's operation represented New Zealand's contribution to enhance maritime security in the Middle East."

As reported by the NZDF, the P-3K2 Orion was deployed with 53 military personnel and supported the activities of the Combined Maritime Forces. This was undertaken in the form of 174 maritime surveillance flights, totaling 1,400 hours of air time.

"The Orion's operation helped protect a vital route for global commerce and represented New Zealand's contribution to enhance maritime security in the Middle East," said Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.

"It also affirmed New Zealand's ongoing international commitment to global security."

The actions of the team onboard the aircraft was also commended by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan of the US Naval Forces Central Command in a letter to Major-General Gall.

"The extraordinary skill and dedication displayed by your P-3K2 aircrews and Mission Support Element were essential to maritime security throughout the region," stated Vice Admiral Donegan.

What are the P-3K2 Orions used for?

The six up-to-date P-3K2 Orion aircraft can be found as part of RNZAF's Airborne Surveillance and Response Forces.

P-3K2 Orion provides air surveillance in a wide range of areas, including Antarctica and the Pacific region. The aircraft is also used in humanitarian and disaster relief missions, such as search-and-rescue activities. Having reliable equipment such as the P-3K2 Orion is a significant part of any successful military mission. 

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