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Bombs Boom At Kaipara

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release

9 June 2008

Bombs Boom At Kaipara

Bombs away. A RNZAF P3-K Orion drops a bomb as part of its bombing training.

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High explosive bombs have been rocking the Kaipara Air Weapons Range north of Auckland as the Royal New Zealand Air Force undertakes bombing training.

This week will see a RNZAF P3-K Orion drop 42 MK 82 (500lb) bombs as part of an exercise designed to ensure personnel maintain the skills necessary for the operation, preparation and release of ordnance.


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Number 5 Squadron Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Logan Cudby said the training aimed to make sure everyone involved from pilots and air crew, to ground crew and armament personnel had the necessary training to handle, load and drop high explosive weaponry.

“The Air Force’s Orions can be armed with either depth bombs or torpedoes This bombing week practices the critical links between ground support personnel and air crews to ensure the weapons can be delivered accurately,” he said.

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