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First NZDF Contingent To The Solomons

Departure Of First Nzdf Contingent To The Solomon Islands

The first contingent of NZDF personnel will depart from Ohakea for the Solomon Islands on an Air Force Hercules on Wednesday 23 July at 10:30 am.

The first flight will comprise 18 Defence Force personnel and an Iroquois helicopter. This group also includes the New Zealand Senior National Officer and the Air Component Commander for the operation.

The aircraft will route through Townsville and is scheduled to arrive in Honiara at 1:10pm local time on Thursday 24 July. Mark Burton, Minister of Defence and Major General Martyn Dunne, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand will farewell the deploying personnel at Ohakea.

A further eight Hercules flights will deploy the rest of the New Zealand contingent between 24 Jul and 1 Aug 2003.

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