Wednesday 23 March 2011
Media are invited to attend the return of the thirteenth rotation of Kiwi troops who have completed a four month deployment supporting the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
Forty five New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be met by Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, family and friends at Christchurch International Airport at 3.20pm on Thursday 24 March.
The contingent, made up mostly of troops from 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR), worked alongside the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Participating Police Force and the Australian, Tongan and Papua New Guinean military personnel to maintain security and stability. This allows the people and Government of the Solomon Islands to lay the foundations for long term stability, security and prosperity.
The fourteenth rotation of NZ Defence Force personnel deployed to the Solomon Islands on Saturday 19 March 2011. They will complete a four month tour before rotating with an Australian contingent.
WHEN: 3.20pm Thursday 24 March 2011. The arrival time may change - you must register your attendance to be informed of any changes.
WHERE: Air Movements Terminal, Christchurch International Airport.
Media wishing to attend the arrival must register with Kirsty Taylor-Doig, 021 806 926, by 1200 on Thursday 24 March. Photo ID will be required.
There are currently 896 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 17 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.
For further information contact Kirsty Taylor-Doig, Defence Communications Group, on 021 806 926.