Thirty-two New Zealand Defence Force personnel departed in October for Timor-Leste.
There they are to operate two Bell Helicopter Iroquois for a three-month tour of duty with the Defence Force’s helicopter detachment there.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel will work alongside the Australian Defence Force air assets and the 150 New Zealand infantry and military observers in the nation formerly known as East Timor. Timor-Leste is on the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago, northwest of Australia.
The Iroquois will support personnel movement and provide aeromedical evacuation and air logistics support, enhancing the capabilities of the Combined Joint Task Force in Timor-Leste.
The pilots, technicians, engineers, crewmembers, and operational refuelers are mainly from 3 Sqdn. at Base Ohakea, near Palmerston North, about 140 km ( 75 nm) northeast of Wellington.