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Another breakdown shows state of Air Force

7 January 2005

Second Hercules breakdown shows parlous state of Air Force

Two breakdowns in one week for our Hercules helping in tsunami-wracked Indonesia shows the parlous state of New Zealand's Air Force, says National duty MP Nick Smith.

"The first breakdown was an embarrassment, but two in one week is beyond a joke. The first failure was a cracked manifold and the second involved a failure in a ground power unit.

"These breakdowns illustrate just how badly the Government has run-down our Air Force.

"An unreliable air force is pointless. The very nature of military work is that it must be responsive and reliable in emergencies. New Zealand defence personnel are highly regarded, but once again shoddy equipment has let them down.

"The ANZAC spirit is not about bludging off your cobbers. The Labour Government has itself to blame for these equipment failures given the way they have cut the Air Force budget," says Dr Smith.

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