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Kiwi troops depart for Afghanistan

1 October 2010

Next Monday a contingent of NZ Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will be farewelled at Burnham Military Camp before departing for a six month deployment to Afghanistan.

The majority of the troops will make up the seventeenth rotation to serve in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), based at Bamyan Province. The others will work in roles within the International Stabilisation Force Headquarters based in Kabul and the National Support Element based in Bagram.

Minister of Defence Hon Dr Wayne Mapp and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae will be there to farewell the contingent.

 When: 5am, Monday 4 October 2010

 Where: Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch

 What: Farewell for the seventeenth rotation of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, and supporting personnel.  Approx 99 NZDF personnel will depart on this date, with the remaining 21 personnel due to depart a few days later.

Media wishing to attend the departure must register with Nicole Munro (021) 569 148 before 3pm on Friday 1 October 2010 to ensure access is available. Photo identification will be required on the day.

ENDS

There are currently 568 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 16 peacekeeping operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.


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