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Afghanistan Deployment FAQ

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Tuesday 9 March 2004


What does the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) comprise of?
The PRT consists of three Liaison (LNO) teams supported by Infantry, Engineers, Staff Officers, Communications and Logistic staff totalling 91 personnel. The LNO teams provide a conduit for information throughout the region. The engineers are a mix of tradesmen (plant operators, carpenters, plumbers and electricians) to provide basic engineering support to the NZ PRT. The logistic support staff are a mix of drivers, cooks, medics, electrical technicians and vehicle mechanics to provide logistic support to the NZ PRT and maintenance of their equipment.

What sorts of tasks does the PRT undertake?
The NZ PRT establishes relationships with the Afghan regional leadership to monitor and co-ordinate activities in order to strengthen the influence of the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan (ITGA) and marginalise regional causes of instability. The LNO teams also facilitate aid efforts, monitor disarmament and assist in the reconstruction of Afghan institutions (education facilities etc).

How long is the deployment intended for?
The first NZ PRT deployment to Afghanistan departed in September 2003 on a four-month rotation. The mission is currently projected to end in mid 2005. Deployed personnel currently serve in the PRT for six months

Do we have adequate equipment and vehicles for this deployment?
The PRT is deploying with sufficient self-protection equipment to conduct its intended role in Afghanistan. There was a requirement to hire vehicles for the initial PRT to operate in Afghanistan and these contracts will be extended until New Zealand’s withdrawal from the country.

Where is the PRT located?
The majority of the NZ PRT personnel are located in the village of Bamian within the Bamyan province. The remaining 8 personnel are located at Bagram Airforce Base.

What experience does the NZDF have in this type of operation?
The government maintains the greatest confidence in our military personnel, including their ability to undertake civil-military duties. In previous deployments – including in environments as diverse as East Timor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Bosnia and the Middle East – New Zealanders have been respected for their professionalism and their ability to engage and relate to the local people. This type of task is indicative of the wide-ranging, and increasingly complex nature of modern peacekeeping operations. The previous seven months have seen the New Zealanders currently serving in Afghanistan achieve outstanding results and making a real difference to the establishment of the ITGA in the Bamyan province.

What is the security situation?
Afghanistan remains a difficult and challenging environment, but the NZDF is ideally suited to undertake this work, which is so vital to restoring normality for the people of Afghanistan. There are risks to our personnel (including environmental risks) and it will obviously be necessary for them to be able to protect themselves. As is the case with all deployments, the situation will be closely monitored to ensure that conditions allow the NZDF to undertake the tasks for which they were deployed.

How is the PRT being supplied?
The US-led headquarters in Afghanistan facilitated the initial contracts for logistic support to the NZ PRT. Resupply flights from New Zealand will also be conducted throughout the duration of the deployment.

Who will command the New Zealand PRT?
As with all deployments, the Chief of Defence Force maintains full command of the NZ PRT, with operational command of deployed NZDF personnel the responsibility of the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand. The Commander has appointed a Senior National Officer (SNO) to perform a similar function for the NZ PRT.
Deployed personnel will only be employed in those locations and on those specific tasks and duties that have been agreed between the government and the international coalition. The SNO would be authorised to withhold the services of NZDF personnel if any task or proposed action is considered outside the scope of the PRT mandate, compromises New Zealand’s national position, or may adversely affect New Zealand’s national interests.


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