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No. 5 Squadron

P-3K2 on the runway

No.5 Squadron is one of the force elements under the command of the Air Component Commander HQ JFNZ. Located at RNZAF Base Auckland, the squadron is the RNZAF's maritime patrol squadron and is responsible for surveillance of New Zealand's maritime area of interest which is approximately 1/12 of the world's ocean surface, ranging from the Antarctic to the equator.

No.5 Squadron operates six P-3K2 aircraft.

To meet New Zealand's Airborne Surveillance and Response Force requirements, the squadron provides:

  • maritime surveillance.
  • maritime reconnaissance.
  • exclusive economic zone patrols.
  • anti-submarine warfare.
  • anti-surface unit warfare.
  • search and rescue.

No. 5 Squadron is allocated approximately 2,300 hours a year to achieve the stated tasks. To enhance the Orion operating capability into the future the aircraft have undergone various airframe and mission system upgrades that will allow them to conduct a broader range of surveillance and reconnaissance operations, and use their surveillance capabilities much more effectively. This project has extended the operational life of the Orions beyond 2020.

For more information contact:
Postal Address: The Commanding Officer
No.5 Squadron RNZAF
RNZAF Base Auckland
Private Bag
WHENUAPAI
N.Z.