31 March 2010
On Good Friday a contingent of New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be farewelled at Burnham Military Camp before departing for a six month deployment to Afghanistan.
The majority of the troops will make up the sixteenth rotation to serve in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), based at Bamyan Province. The others will work in roles within the International Stabilisation Force Headquarters, the National Support Element, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMI). Three New Zealand Police officers deploying to Afghanistan will also be on the flight.
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell will be there to farewell the contingent.
When: 4am, Friday 2 April 2010
Where: Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch
What: Farewell for the sixteenth rotation of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, and supporting personnel. Approx 80 Defence Force personnel will depart on this date, with the remaining 34 personnel in the PRT rotation deploying a few days later.
Media wishing to attend the departure must register with Nicole Munro (021) 569 148 before noon Thursday 1 April 2010 to ensure access is available. Photo identification will be required on the day.
Breakdown of NZDF roles in Afghanistan:
- 114 personnel in the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province
- Two non-commissioned officers assisting with the training of the Afghan National Army.
- Five officers in International Security Assistance Force headquarters positions
- One military liaison officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission.
- Special Forces personnel in Kabul.
There are currently 625 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 peacekeeping operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.