Southern Korean Navy set to test Air Force Orion
17 April 2009
A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K Orion and crew will be conducting exercises with forces from the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) from 16 – 24 April.
The bilateral Exercise, known as Exercise ROKKIWI, will be conducted in the coastal waters off the Republic of Korea and provides a joint training opportunity for the maritime patrol force. The Orion will operate from the ROKN Base Pohang in South Korea.
“Exercise ROKKIWI is an important activity on the No 5 Squadron calendar. It provides the opportunity for us to enhance international relations with South Korea, operate in a challenging and unfamiliar environment whilst simultaneously allowing us to interact with our ROKN P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft compatriots,” said Commanding Officer No. 5 Squadron, Wing Commander Nick Olney.
The surveillance and reconnaissance operations conducted as part of Exercise ROKKIWI are similar to operations used in NZ territorial waters to locate, identify and report maritime vessels.
“The exercise enhances our ability to operate at the tactical level with the maritime patrol forces of the Republic of Korea. It gives our crews real time experience employing search techniques to locate vessels in areas of high density shipping,” said Detachment Commander, Wing Commander Brendon Pett.
For further information please contact SQN LDR Kavae Tamariki, Defence Communications Group, Media Adviser Air Force, ph 04 496 0294 or 021 420 899.
Exercise ROKKIWI is an annual exercise involving 25 RNZAF aircrew and maintenance personnel.
No.5 Squadron RNZAF consists of approximately 145 members and is allocated approximately 2,500 hours a year to meet NZDF Maritime Patrol Force requirements such as:
- Maritime surveillance
- Maritime reconnaissance
- Exclusive Economic Zone patrols
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Anti-surface unit warfare
- Search and rescue
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