Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister commends NZ Defence Force role


Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Defence

9 April 2013
Media Statement
Minister commends NZ Defence Force role

As the multi-agency search and salvage operation off the Kawhia coast draws to a close the Minister of Defence Dr Jonathan Coleman has commended the efforts of the NZ Defence Force, in particular the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“The recovery operation was a particularly complex task that required a high degree of interoperability between government agencies, and the NZ Defence Force for the search and subsequent recovery of the aircraft”, said Dr Coleman.

“The complexity of the mission and dedication of the staff can easily go unnoticed. In this case it is important to acknowledge what the Defence Force achieved,” said the Minister.

“Within 24 hours of receiving a request from NZ Police, the Navy deployed a team of search and dive specialists to provide expert advice from ashore and at sea. Over 40 Navy sailors and officers were deployed to the search site over the course of the operation.”

“A seven person detachment from the RNZN Mine Counter Measures Team and RNZN Operational Dive Team operated from the Coastguard's Raglan based Gallagher Rescue vessel, utilising Navy’s high tech underwater search equipment [Remote Operated vehicle (ROV) and REMUS] to locate the aircraft,” he said.

“The dive support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI was rapidly re-tasked to support the search. After 46 hours in transit, her wet dive bell, compression chamber, stand-alone crane, and precision anchoring provided specific capabilities to aid in the salvage operation, which started on 5 April.”

“Eleven divers from the Operational Diving Team embarked onboard MANAWANUI. They conducted 11 dives in pairs, resulting in approximately 33 man hours of diving over the three day recovery period,” said Dr Coleman.

“Operating at the very limits of their diving capabilities they prepared the aircraft for recovery from the depth of 56m.”

“During the task one navy diver suffered from salt water inhalation. The dive team uses very robust safety operating procedures which enabled speedy treatment for the diver. He is now fully recovered and has been discharged back to duty,” said the Minister.

“The aircraft salvage was achieved using MANAWANUI’s crane, and she is now transporting the aircraft back to Auckland, where the CAA will conduct further investigations. “

“This has been a truly multi-agency operation, the training and professionalism of NZ Navy personnel has been evident as they operate alongside NZ Police, Coastguard, CAA, and local authorities. I commend the Defence Force for its excellent work under challenging conditions,” said Dr Coleman.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news