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NZDF spread far and wide

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/06/2016

Is New Zealand a bit vulnerable to an invasion?

Over the next seven weeks, 1100 New Zealand Defence Force personnel, or 12 per cent of regulars, are either on operations or overseas exercises.

The defence force says the number is a highest since 2012.

Personnel are sent on exercises so they can be tested and are always ready for potential future deployments, from humanitarian assistance missions through to high tempo operations, says Major General Tim Gall.

"These engagements also help strengthen our defence partnerships and enhance our ability to work alongside other militaries, enabling us to work together more effectively when we go on actual operations."


* 420 in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise in the waters off Hawaii (including two frigates and two Orion surveillance aircraft)

* 270 in multi-national exercises Hamel and Pitch Black in Australia

* 60 helping improve water storage and sanitation in Tonga

* 300 personnel 13 missions including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Sinai Peninsula, South Sudan, South Korea and Antarctica.

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