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First Troops Into Timor Return Home

July 04 2006

First Troops Into Timor Return Home

The first New Zealand soldiers deployed to Timor-Leste to join the Multinational Peacekeeping Force will return home on July 5th 2006.

The 30 soldiers from 2/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, based at Burnham, deployed to Timor at short notice on the 27th May. They will return on a RNZAF Boeing 757 into Christchurch Airport at 9.30pm.

The platoon will also be accompanied by seven Military Police from Linton Camp who were deployed to secure the New Zealand Embassy and provide protection for the New Zealand Ambassador and her staff.

“The soldiers, who deployed to the region at short notice, have done a great job helping to create a more safe and secure environment in Timor Leste. The families and friends should also be commended for the support they have provided to the soldiers”said Commander Joint Force New Zealand, Rear Admiral Jack Steer.

The soldiers have been replaced leaving the number of New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed to Timor-Leste at a total of 170.

ENDS

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