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Three NH90s perform a fly-past over Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament

22 October 2014

The Governor-General of New Zealand Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae opened the first session of the 51st Parliament of New Zealand on Tuesday.

This year's ceremony included elements which acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War - these included wearing poppies and a flyover of vintage aircraft.

NZDF support included a ceremonial parade, a flypast of 3 NH90s, and a 21-Gun Salute

Officers in Attendance included Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating, Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Chief of Army Major General Dave Gawn, and Acting Chief of Air Force Air Commodore Andy Woods.

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NH90s at Ex Blackbird

NH90s at Ex Blackbird

Video of NH90s at Exercise Blackbird.

Gunners Get a Lift

An NH90 Helicopter in a joint training exercise with 161 Battery to move four L119 Howitzer guns by air.

Air Force Pilots Get Their Wings

Seven newly qualified pilots gained their 'Wings' on Friday 3 Oct.

Exercise Blackbird 2014

Exercise Blackbird involved over 80 personnel with three Iroquois, three A109 and two NH90 helicopters.

First Four Ship Formation for NH90

Four NH90 helicopters carrying out formation flying and navigation training

Third Recruit Course Marches In

The third RNZAF recruit course for the year marched in on 8 Sept 14