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Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) partner
nations in a combined operational environment of the
various Defence Forces and government agencies.
Interoperability with such partners is key to our
collective effectiveness in any real contingency. The
activity maximises the preparedness of NZDF to
support disaster response operations.
Q Can you give a recent example of joint
work by the Services to achieve the JATF?
JFNZ: All three Services are heavily involved, with a
lot of good work going on at present. For example, the
RNZN and RNZAF worked alongside the Australian
Defence Force during September to develop the
capabilities of HMNZS CANTERBURY, conducting
First of Class Flight Trials for the NH-90 helicopter
from her flight deck. The purpose of those trials, off
the north-east coast of Australia, was to establish the
operating limits for the NH-90 flying on and off the
vessel in widely varying conditions of wind strength
and sea states. They were conducted using a Royal
Australian Navy test pilot and team, and an ADF
MRH-90 helicopter (similar to the RNZAF NH-90).
We have also done a great deal of preparatory work
through participation in international exercises like
Dawn Blitz and Bold Alligator, and the major HADR
exercise Pacific Partnership in our own region. These
give us independent and joint exposure to coalition
amphibious operations. The NZDF has also run a
series of Amphibious Warfare Courses to increase
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Q How far is the RNZN through the
remediation program for HMNZS
RNZN: Broadly speaking CANTERBURY is being
remediated in two stages, with the first stage now
complete. This included the relocation of the RHIB Sea
Boats, installation of an automatic accommodation
ladder, upgrade to the ship’s surgical facility and
alterations to her aviation facilities. The next stage
primarily comprises upgrades to her ‘mission systems’
which include radar, communications equipment and
the likes. This will be undertaken progressively as
the designs and replacement equipment become
available, and the ship’s programme provides suitable
windows of opportunity to conduct the upgrades.
Q Although currently in a set of planned
upgrades for the ANZAC frigates, has
capability definition work started yet on
the future vessels (frigates?) which will
RNZN: No. Current efforts are focused on the
upgrade programmes to the ANZAC Frigates.
Q Over the next 12 months is it likely that
one OPV will be based regularly in Tonga
for some months at a time to help with
EEZ patrols and fisheries/constabulary
enforcement in the EEZs of the South
RNZN: There is no current plan to base a RNZN OPV
in Tonga on a regular basis. NZDF does, however,
make a significant contribution to maritime security
in the Pacific. NZDF coordinates with the Forum
Fisheries Agency and individual countries to maximise
the utility of NZDF assets in maritime surveillance
utilising both sea and air assets.
Q What is the RNZN doing to support
Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat program?
RNZN: New Zealand currently provides support for
the programme in the Cook Islands where we have
two RNZN personnel posted in support of the ADF
led programme - a Maritime Surveillance Advisor
and an engineer Technical Adviser. The positions are
responsible for providing advice to the Cook Islands
Police Maritime unit on the use of the Pacific Patrol
Boat with respect to maritime security.
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Q How far has reconfiguration of some
NZ ARMY: All of the NZLAV that deployed to
Afghanistan underwent a programme to enhance
vehicle survivability and meet other theatre specific
requirements. Some work was undertaken in New
Zealand with additional items being fitted once the
vehicles arrived in Afghanistan. Items were sourced
from various companies in Canada and the United
States while other components were manufactured in
New Zealand and Australia. Other options for future
reconfiguration are being considered as part of the
NZLAV Refresh Project.
Q Approximately how many NZLAV
vehicles are being reconfigured?
NZ ARMY: Sufficient upgrade kits were purchased
for the deployed vehicles and training vehicles
employed in New Zealand.
Q Anything else?
NZ ARMY: Post operational reviews have indicated
that the reconfigured vehicles performed very well in
theatre and all of the vehicles have now been returned
to New Zealand.
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Q Is the RNZAF comfortable with the
upgraded P-3K2 Orion and C-130 LEP
RNZAF: The RNZAF is comfortable with the
upgraded P-3K2 Orion and C-130 LEP Hercules
aircraft. To illustrate progress in introducing these
aircraft to service, the RNZAF deployed the C-130
LEP to Arkansas, US, to participate in the US led
Joint Readiness Training Centre (JRTC) fortnight long
activity. JRTC will fully test the aircraft and crew in high
end tactical operations.
The P-3K2 introduction into service is progressing
well and will ensure a RNZAF P-3K2 Orion maritime
patrol aircraft is ready to deploy to the Gulf of Aden/
Indian Ocean area in mid-2014 to support the United
States-led Combined Maritime Force.
Q The Air Transport Study is currently
under way. How is it progressing?
RNZAF: Consideration is currently being given to
the future airlift requirement for the New Zealand
Defence Force in the form of an Airlift Review. This
work will inform an Air Transport Replacement Project,
scheduled to commence in 2015. This will look at a
number of replacement aircraft/fleet mix options.
Q There has been some impressive video
of NH90 Introduction into Service activities
at Waiouru. What capabilities have been
RNZAF: Operational Test and Evaluation is a very
rigorous process and the video demonstrated this
well. The capability released thus far has been for air
logistics support, the non tactical transportation of
personnel and cargo.
Q What capabilities are planned to be
released in the next 12 months?
RNZAF: The next NH90 capability to be released will
be a tactical capability, including tactical transportation
of troops and cargo, underslung loads, formation
flying by day and night. This release is planned for
early in 2014.
Q Does the RNZAF have a predicted date
yet for Full Operational Capability for the
RNZAF: The A109 was acquired as a light utility and
training helicopter. It was planned to be complementary
to NH90 capabilities.
Because of this there is still some work to do in test
and evaluation of the light utility capability that has to
be conducted with NH90 testing. The Rotary Wing
Transport Force Transition Plan is currently under
Q Are there any further upgrades planned
over the next couple of years?
RNZAF: NZDF is currently investigating upgrades
including exploitation of the C-130H (NZ)’s latent
night capability through use of NVGs, an Underwater
ISR capability for P-3K2 and ADS-B across the
RNZAF operational fleets.
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