NH90 on CAN 11 June 2015

NH90s, Army vehicles loaded on to HMNZS CANTERBURY in Wellington

Two Air Force NH90 helicopters were flown onto HMNZS CANTERBURY while she was docked in Wellington on 11 June  as the New Zealand Defence Force prepared to deploy for Australia’s largest warfighting exercise, Talisman Sabre.

Forty-five Army vehicles, including 22 Light Armoured Vehicles were also loaded, in preparation for the training with key partners Australia and the United States. This will be the first time New Zealand fully participates in the exercise.

The biennial exercise will be held from 5 to 21 July in multiple training areas in Australia and the United States. It focuses on crisis action planning and humanitarian missions, enhancing participating nations’ capabilities to deal with regional contingencies and terrorism.

Photo: One of the NH90s ready to be stowed in CANTERBURY's hangar

The NZDF is deploying two ships (HMNZS TE KAHA and HMNZS ENDEAVOUR), two other aircraft and 620 personnel for the exercise, which is the largest that the Australian Defence Force conducts with all four services of the US armed forces.

“Talisman Sabre is a great training opportunity for our people,” said Major General Tim Gall, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.

“We will be operating in a uniquely complex and challenging multinational environment where our people can further hone their warfighting capabilities and their ability to respond to a wide variety of contingencies.”

Talisman Sabre covers training in land, air and maritime warfare, including amphibious operations. It will involve around 30,000 troops from the ADF and the US military, 21 ships including the US Navy aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, more than 200 aircraft and three submarines.


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