Media are invited to attend a media day for Exercise KIWIFLAG, a training exercise the Royal New Zealand Air Force is hosting as part of their 75th Anniversary activities. Participants from French Armed Forces of New Caledonia; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force, and the United States Marine Corp will join the RNZAF in a fixed wing air mobility exercise, on their way to the RNZAF Air Show at Ohakea Air Base on Saturday 31 March. The Media Day will provide an opportunity for a first look at the international aircraft and to meet some of the crew from visiting countries. What: KIWIFLAG Media Day Where: Base Auckland, Whenuapai When: Tuesday 27 March 7.45am for 8.00am start What to bring: Photo ID essential for entry to the Base RSVP by midday on Friday, 23 March to Todd O’Hara, Defence Communications Group on 021 186 4111 ENDS
John Currin, the late Eddie Hotere, Twang Smith and Meatball Cunningham. I suspect drinking Tiger Tops in a Bar down in Sembawang. May have been The Armada Club at HMS Terror, Singapore
PLA 11th naval escort taskforce officiallyperforms escort mission
|After the handover of escort mission, the “Qingdao” warship unmoored and left the “Haikou” warship and the “Qinghai Lake” supply ship which anchored side by side on March 17, 2012. (China Military Online/Mi Jin’guo)|
Under the command of the 11th naval escort taskforce, the 10th and the 11th navalescort taskforces under the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) beganto conduct their second joint escort mission on the morning of March 18, 2012, localtime.
The 11th naval escort taskforce officially took the place of the 10th naval escorttaskforce to perform the escort mission. (China Military Online/Chen Dianhong and MiJin’guo)
Civilians to fill navy’s skills void
- From:The Australian
- March 20, 2012
Search ship Resolution to retire
Capturing sonar images of the Easy Rider wreck may be one of the last things the navy’s sonar survey ship Resolution does in its 22-year career.
The Resolution will be decommissioned next month and its commanding officer, Lieutenant-Commander Matt Wray, said playing a part in the search for survivors was one of his proudest moments on board.
On Thursday evening the Resolution was on its way to Fiordland when the emergency signal came blaring over its VHF radio. “We contacted our HQ and the Rescue Co-ordination Centre and said, `We’re on our way’,” Lieutenant-Commander Wray said.
The ship steamed south and reached the search area about 10.30pm.
Taking police and coastguard staff on board, it formed the centre line of a nine-strong search fleet scouring the darkness.
The crew were out in force on deck, manning searchlights and using the ship’s sonar equipment to search the sea floor.
At 4am, the search was suspended, but the Resolution, accompanied by Bluff-based boat Awesome, carried on searching through the night.
At 8am, the sonar made contact with something on the sea floor – an unnatural object about the same size as Easy Rider.
Awesome’s crew lowered a camera and confirmed it was the capsized boat.
Divers spent most of Saturday looking for signs of crew, but the boat was empty.
Lieutenant-Commander Wray said he wished finding the boat could have returned the missing crew to their families.
“It would have been fantastic if what happened could have provided closure [for them],” he said.
The crew had been deeply affected by the tragedy and their hearts went out to the victims’ families, he said.
Next month, the ship will be decommissioned and all its crew transferred to other postings.
It is no longer required by the navy.
Lieutenant-Commander Wray said the search for Easy Rider, as well as Resolution’s role after the Christchurch earthquake, would be the most satisfying memories of his command.