27 May 2010
The eighth rotation of troops to serve in Timor-Leste will arrive at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea tomorrow.
The mostly Linton-based personnel have spent six months in the tropical environment of Dili with regular tasks including carrying out patrols, liaising with locals and providing assistance to United Nations Police.
Upon arrival at RNZAF Base Ohakea tomorrow they will be welcomed by Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, family and friends. Media are invited to attend the arrival.
When: 7.15pm, Friday 28 May 2010
Where: Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea
What: Return of the eighth rotation of personnel from a six month deployment in Timor-Leste.
Media wishing to attend the arrival must register with Paul Stein, on 021 409 033, before noon on Friday 28 May, to ensure access is available. Photo identification will be required on the day.
For further information please contact Nicole Munro, 021 569 148.
New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment to Timor-Leste at present also includes one Military Liaison Officer serving with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and five advisors to the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL).
New Zealand has contributed to stability and security efforts in Timor-Leste through various United Nations and peacekeeping missions since 1999.
There are currently 768 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.