Wednesday, April 17, 2024

NZ begins deployment to Ukraine

A New Zealand Defence Force C-130H transport aircraft has departed for Europe today to help partner militaries support Ukraine against Russia’s ongoing invasion.

The aircraft left Whenuapai Air Base carrying nine of the 50-strong team being deployed to support its operations over the next two months in Europe. The remainder will fly to Europe commercially.

Defence Minister, Peeni Henare said the Hercules would join a chain of military aircraft from partner nations carrying much-needed equipment and supplies to key distribution centres.

The NZDF F-230H Hercules departs the RNZAF Base Auckland today.

“It was a must to be here at Whenuapai to farewell our New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel departing for Europe and recognise their upcoming contribution,” Mr Henare said.

“The Government appreciates the service and efforts of those personnel who left today and the other personnel who are deploying to Europe, and those who have deployed already. 

“New Zealand may be a long way from Europe, but we know that such a blatant attack on a country’s sovereignty is a threat to all of us. That’s why we are doing our bit to support Ukraine,” the Minister said.

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