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Introduction into Service ceremony:  Air Force P-3K2 Orion Aircraft

27 April 2011

Media are invited to attend the Introduction into Service ceremony for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s first P-3K2 Orion aircraft at Whenuapai Air Force Base, Auckland on Monday 2 May.

Limited free seats are available for Wellington and Palmerston North based media aboard an Air Force Boeing 757 for a return flight to Auckland on the day. Details of the flight and ceremony will be provided closer to the time.

For media who want to use this Air Force flight, please provide names and contact details when registering interest to attend the ceremony. Please note that this flight is subject to change.  Seats will limited to two people per organisation.  Acceptance and flight details will be provided no later than Sunday 1 May 2011 at 1200hrs via email.   

Media wishing to attend the ceremony and to register for the Air Force flight need to contact Anna Sussmilch, 04 496 0286 or mobile 021 676 338 no later than 2.00pm, Thursday 28 April

The return of the P-3K2 Orion is a significant milestone for the RNZAF. The aircraft is a quantum leap forward in technology and will improve the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability the Defence Force can direct on military operations or in support of other Government agencies.

ENDS

For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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