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Commitments By New Zealand Forces Since 1945

Operational Commitments By New Zealand Forces Since 1945


Note: Service in any of the operations listed is eligible service for the New Zealand Operational Service Medal


 

Operation

 

New Zealand Contribution

 

Medallic Recognition

Japan 1945-49

British Commonwealth Occupation Force/J Force

HMNZ Ships Gambia and Achilles were present during the first stage of the occupation. An infantry brigade group (J Force) and No 14 Fighter Squadron were deployed as the New Zealand contribution to British Commonwealth Occupation Force.

New Zealand Service Medal 1946-49

Berlin Airlift 1948-49

RNZAF aircrews flew supply missions to Berlin during the Soviet blockade of the city.

New Zealand Operational Service Medal only

Korea 1950-57

1950-53

Korean War

 

1954-57

Peace Support Operations

 

 

New Zealand provided RNZN ships, an artillery regiment and support elements during the conflict.

 

Following the armistice, RNZN deployments continued, together with Army support elements until 1957.

 

 

Korea Medal (1950-53)

United Nations Korean Medal (1950-54)

Korean War Service Medal

New Zealand General Service Medal (NZGSM) "KOREA 1954-57"

Kashmir 1952-76

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

New Zealand provided military observers.

UNMOGIP Medal

Middle East 1954-current

United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)

New Zealand has provided military observers. UNTSO is responsible for supervision of general armistices between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Detachments from UNTSO have also served in other Middle East operations.

UNTSO Medal

Malaya 1948-64

1948-60

Malayan Emergency

 

1960-64

Border Operations

 

 

New Zealand provided a SAS squadron, infantry battalions, RNZN ships, RNZAF attack and transport squadrons.

 

The infantry continued border operations after the official end of the emergency in 1960.

 

 

General Service Medal (1918-62) "MALAYA" or Naval General Service Medal (1916-62) with clasp "MALAYA"

NZGSM "MALAYA 1960-64"

Near East 1956

Egyptian Coast

New Zealand provided RNZN ships.

NZGSM "NEAR EAST"

Middle East 1956

First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I)

1973

Second United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II)

New Zealand military observers were seconded from UNTSO.

New Zealand military observers were seconded from UNTSO.

UNEF I Medal

 

UNEF II Medal

Lebanon 1958

United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL)

One New Zealand military observer was seconded from UNTSO to establish the mission.

UNOGIL Medal

Congo 1960

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

New Zealand military observers were seconded from UNTSO.

UNTSO Medal with clasp "CONGO"

Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66

New Zealand provided SAS squadrons, an infantry battalion, RNZN ships, RNZAF attack and transport squadrons. New Zealand military personnel served in northern Borneo, on the Malay Peninsula and in the surrounding waters.

General Service Medal (1962) with clasps "BRUNEI", "BORNEO" or "MALAY PENINSULA"

Thailand 1962-71

New Zealand provided SAS troops, RNZAF transport aircraft and military engineers.

NZGSM "THAILAND"

Yemen 1963-64

United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM)

One New Zealand military observer was seconded from UNTSO.

UNYOM Medal

Vietnam War 1964-75

New Zealand provided an artillery battery, two infantry companies, Army engineers, a SAS troop, Army training teams, RNZAF transport squadrons, RNZAF pilots for RAAF helicopters, forward air controllers, RNZN personnel in various roles, service medical teams and civilian surgical teams. New Zealand humanitarian organisations also sent teams to assist Vietnamese civilians affected by the war.

Vietnam Medal

Vietnamese Campaign Medal

NZGSM with clasp "VIETNAM"

(awarded to personnel, both military and civilian, who served in Vietnam between 1964 and 1975, but who did not qualify for the Vietnam Medal)

Cyprus 1964-67

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

New Zealand Police contingents assisted with the restoration and maintenance of law and order.

UNFICYP Medal

India and Pakistan 1965-66

United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)

New Zealand military observers monitored the ceasefire.

UNIPOM Medal

Golan Heights 1974, 1982 and 1986

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

New Zealand military observers were seconded from UNTSO.

UNDOF Medal

(discontinued for observers in 1976)

Lebanon 1978-79, 1981-82 and 1986

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

New Zealand military observers were seconded from UNTSO. Additional New Zealand military observers have served with UNIFIL whilst attached to a RFMF battalion.

UNIFIL Medal

Rhodesia/Zimbabwe 1979-80

Commonwealth Monitoring Force (CMF)

New Zealand military observers monitored the ceasefire prior to elections and independence.

Rhodesia Medal

Zimbabwe Independence Medal (able to be worn on a restricted basis only)

Indian Ocean 1982-83

Operation Armilla

HMNZ Ships Canterbury and Waikato patrolled the Gulf region in 1982 and 1983 to monitor merchant shipping and belligerent activities during the Iran-Iraq War.

NZGSM "INDIAN OCEAN"

Sinai Peninsula 1982-current

Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)

New Zealand has provided a helicopter unit, training teams, engineers and drivers.

NZGSM "SINAI"

MFO Medal

Afghanistan and Pakistan 1988-90

United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP)

New Zealand provided military observers detached from the New Zealand contribution to UNTSO.

UNTSO Medal with clasp "UNGOMAP"

Iran/Iraq 1988-91

United Nations Iran/Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG)

New Zealand provided military observers and RNZAF transport aircraft.

UNIIMOG Medal

Afghanistan and Pakistan 1989-91

United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team (UNMCTT)

New Zealand provided military engineers.

NZGSM "PESHAWAR"

United Nations Special Service Medal

Namibia 1989-90

United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia (UNTAG)

New Zealand provided military engineers and civilian police.

UNTAG Medal

Gulf War 1990-91

RNZAF transport aircraft and tri-service medical teams were deployed to assist the coalition forces.

NZGSM "KUWAIT"

Kuwait Liberation Medal (able to be worn on a restricted basis only)

General Service Medal (1962) with clasp "AIR OPERATIONS IRAQ"

Iraq 1991-99

United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM)

New Zealand provided medical teams, administration and communications personnel and civilian police.

NZGSM "IRAQ" 1994

United Nations Special Service Medal

Angola 1991-2000

1991-97

United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM II and III)

1997-2000

United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA)

1997-2000

United Nations De-Mining Programme (National Institute for the Removal of Obstacles and Explosive Ordnance (INAROE))

 

 

New Zealand provided military observers and de-mining teams.

 

New Zealand provided military observers.

 

New Zealand provided mine awareness training teams.

 

 

UNAVEM Medal

 

 

UNAVEM Medal

 

United Nations Special Service Medal

Cambodia 1991-current

1991-92

United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC)

 

1992-93

United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)

 

1993-94

United Nations Military Liaison Team (UNMLT)

 

1993-current

Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC)

 

 

 

New Zealand provided mine awareness training teams and the UNAMIC Force Engineer.

 

New Zealand provided military engineers, communications personnel, a naval contingent and military observers.

 

New Zealand provided military liaison officers.

 

 

New Zealand has provided technical advisers.

 

 

UNAMIC Medal

 

 

UNTAC Medal

 

 

UNTAC Medal

 

 

NZGSM "CAMBODIA"

United Nations Special Service Medal

Rwanda 1994

United Nations Relief Mission

New Zealand provided RNZAF transport aircraft and support personnel.

NZGSM "RWANDA"

Somalia 1992-94

United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM I and UNOSOM II)

1992-93

Unified Task Force (UNITAF)

New Zealand provided an army supply detachment, RNZAF transport aircraft and staff officers.

 

New Zealand provided RNZAF transport aircraft, staff officers and medical personnel.

UNOSOM Medal

 

 

NZGSM "SOMALIA"

Former Yugoslavia 1992-current

1992-96

United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)

1995-99

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP)

1995-96

Croatia - United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia (UNCRO)

1995-97

United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES)

1995-current

United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP)

 

 

New Zealand provided military observers and an infantry company.

New Zealand provided military observers.

 

 

New Zealand provided military observers.

 

 

New Zealand provided military observers.

 

 

New Zealand has provided military observers.

 

 

UNPROFOR Medal

 

UNPREDEP Medal

 

 

UNCRO Medal

 

 

UNTAES Medal

 

 

UNMOP Medal

Haiti 1994-95

United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)

New Zealand provided military observers.

UNMIH Medal

Mozambique 1994-current

1994-95

United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ)

Included the Mine Clearance Training Centre (MCTC) and Mozambique Mine Action Centre (MOZMAC)

1995-current

United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs Accelerated De-Mining Programme (MADP)

 

 

New Zealand provided mine clearance trainers, staff officers and a programme commander.

 

 

New Zealand has deployed mine clearance trainers.

 

 

ONUMOZ Medal

or NZGSM "MOZAMBIQUE", not both

 

 

NZGSM "MOZAMBIQUE"

United Nations Special Service Medal

Arabian Gulf Region 1995-current

1995-96

Multinational Interception Force (MIF)

1998

Operation Griffin

1998-current

Kuwait – Coalition Joint Task Force

 

 

New Zealand deployed RNZN frigates to the Arabian Gulf region.

New Zealand deployed a SAS detachment to Kuwait.

 

New Zealand has provided military observers.

 

 

NZGSM "ARABIAN GULF"

 

NZGSM "ARABIAN GULF"

 

NZGSM "ARABIAN GULF"

Bosnia 1996-current

1996

Implementation Force (IFOR)

 

1996-current

Stabilisation Force (SFOR)

 

 

 

 

New Zealand provided military observers, artillery and armoured contingents.

 

New Zealand has provided military observers, artillery and armoured contingents.

 

 

NATO Medal with clasp "FORMER YUGOSLAVIA"

 

Up until 2 Dec 02 - NATO Medal with clasp "FORMER YUGOSLAVIA"

From 3 Dec 02 – NATO Non Article 5 Medal for Operations in the Balkans

Laos 1997-2003

Programme for the Assistance to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXOL)

New Zealand has provided mine awareness training teams and logistics personnel.

United Nations Special Service Medal

Bougainville 1997-2003

Truce Monitoring Group (TMG) and Peace Monitoring Group (PMG)

1999

Op CONCAT

New Zealand has provided military observers and civilian police.

 

 

New Zealand provided military engineers.

NZGSM "BOUGAINVILLE"

 

 

 

NZGSM "BOUGAINVILLE"

Sierra Leone 1998-current

United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL) and United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)

New Zealand has provided military observers.

UNOMSIL/UNAMSIL Medal

(same ribbon for both)

East Timor 1999-current

1999

United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)

 

1999-2000

International Force in East Timor (INTERFET)

 

 

 

 

1999-2002

United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)

 

 

2002-current

United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)

 

 

2002-current

New Zealand Training Assistance Team (NZTAT) to the East Timor Defence Force

 

 

 

New Zealand provided military liaison officers and civilian police.

 

 

New Zealand provided infantry battalions, NZSAS troops, Army engineers, RNZN ships, RNZAF helicopters and transport aircraft, the Forward Surgical Team Light, civilian police, corrections officers and customs officers.

 

 

New Zealand provided infantry battalions, NZSAS troops, Army engineers, RNZN ships, RNZAF helicopters and transport aircraft, the Forward Surgical Team Light, civilian police, corrections officers and customs officers.

 

New Zealand has provided military observers.

 

 

 

 

New Zealand has provided military trainers and staff officers.

 

 

East Timor Medal

UNAMET Medal

 

 

East Timor Medal

INTERFET Medal

 

 

 

 

East Timor Medal

UNTAET Medal

 

 

 

East Timor Medal

UNMISET Medal

Note: Same ribbon for all three United Nations missions

East Timor Medal

Kosovo 1999-current

United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

2002

NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR)

 

 

New Zealand has provided military liaison officers.

 

 

Two New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed to serve with KFOR with their British host units whilst on Exercise Long Look.

UNMIK Medal

 

 

Up until 2 Dec 02 - NATO Medal with clasp "KOSOVO"

From 3 Dec 02 – NATO Non Article 5 Medal for Operations in the Balkans

Solomon Islands 2000-current

2000-2002

International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands (IPMT)

2003-current

Regional Assistance Mission

 

 

New Zealand has provided military personnel, civilian police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade personnel.

New Zealand has provided military personnel, civilian police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade personnel.

 

 

NZGSM "SOLOMON ISLANDS"

 

NZGSM "SOLOMON ISLANDS"

Afghanistan 2001-current

2001-current

Operation Enduring Freedom

 

2002-current

Headquarters Coalition Joint Task Force Afghanistan

 

2002-current

UK-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

2002-current

United Nations Special Mission in Afghanistan (UNSMA)

2003-current

New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)

 

 

New Zealand has deployed NZSAS soldiers, RNZAF aircraft and RNZN ships.

 

New Zealand has provided military staff officers.

 

 

New Zealand has deployed RNZAF and Army personnel.

 

New Zealand has deployed military advisors.

 

New Zealand has deployed military personnel to assist with the restoration and reconstruction of facilities.

 

 

NZGSM "AFGHANISTAN"

 

 

NZGSM "AFGHANISTAN"

 

 

NZGSM "AFGHANISTAN"

 

NZGSM "AFGHANISTAN"

 

NZGSM "AFGHANISTAN"

Iraq 2002-current

2002-2003

United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)

2003-current

United Nations Mine Action Rapid Response Plan (UNMARRP)

2003-current

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand has provided communications and medical personnel.

 

New Zealand has provided military personnel.

 

New Zealand has deployed military engineers and support staff to provide reconstruction assistance, working alongside the British led international force.

 

 

 

NZGSM "IRAQ" 1994

United Nations Special Service Medal

 

NZGSM "IRAQ" 2003 (currently being developed)

NZGSM "IRAQ" 2003 (currently being developed)


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