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P-3K2 ORION TO REMAIN IN GULF

A P-3K2 Orion from No. 5 Squadron conducts a low-level flypast of a vessel on the ocean

24 November 2014

The Government has announced that a P-3K2 Orion aircraft will remain in the Gulf region for another 12 months to provide ongoing support to regional maritime operations.

Since late July a P-3K2 Orion aircraft and crew, supported by a detachment of personnel drawn from across our entire Air Force, has been deployed in support of international counter-piracy operations as part of the Combined Maritime Forces. Back home in New Zealand others have also been working tirelessly to support our mission.

In making this decision the Government has recognised the valuable role that has been performed by our team in demonstrating New Zealand's commitment to peace and security operations in the Middle East, also reflecting the importance New Zealand places on multilateral security efforts.

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