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More Defence Force Staff For Solomon Islands

Friday 29 October, 2004

More Defence Force Staff For Solomon Islands

Thirty two New Zealand Defence Force personnel depart on Monday for a three month tour of duty with the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The deploying personnel include a platoon of infantry to conduct general security duties, and a small logistic element to support them.

New Zealand recently withdrew forces from the Solomon Islands as RAMSI downsized, and now contribute a platoon as scheduled on a multi-national rotation. The New Zealand forces will be taking over from an Australian platoon, and on departure in three months, will hand over to a Fijian platoon.

New Zealand is next scheduled to contribute a platoon in late 2005. The personnel depart from Christchurch Airport on Monday, 1 November at 9.00 am.

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