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RNZAF celebrates its 72nd Birthday

CAF,AVM Graham Lintott
Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Grahan Lintott (OH06-0148-09)

1 April 2009

Today the Royal New Zealand Air Force celebrates 72 years of service to New Zealand.

Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott says the RNZAF has a proud history of service to New Zealand that has ranged from defending the Pacific and fighting alongside the Royal Air Force during World War II, to assisting with peace-building in countries such as Timor-Leste and Afghanistan.

“As an organisation the RNZAF is one I am immensely proud of, both in terms of its history, where we are today, and as it looks forward to the future. Our history and tradition mean our people have the core values and competencies which, combined with our flexibility and innovation, mean we have the skills and knowledge to meet any future challenges.

“Today we have personnel serving on operations around the world, in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and the Sudan. Our people are professional, highly skilled and motivated who work hard to ensure we are an Air Force that is the best in all we do and a valued partner at home and abroad.

“As the RNZAF looks to the future, it is entering an exciting time. In the coming decade we will introduce into service more than thirty new or significantly upgraded aircraft across six different fleets. The arrival of the first of the upgraded aircraft, the Boeing 757, signals the start of what will be a modern and versatile Air Force,” said Air Vice-Marshal Lintott.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the official church service at 2.00pm on Sunday 5 April at St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington.

The RNZAF Queen’s Colour and the Standards of Numbers 3,5,40 and 42 Squadrons will be paraded; with music from the Central Band of the RNZAF.

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

Currently 427 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.

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