4 November 2013
An RNZAF C-130 Hercules is just one of many aircraft to take part in Exercise KIWI FLAG 2013
Five nations have joined forces for one of the biggest military air exercises to be held at Ohakea Air Base from 6-29 November.
Australia, Singapore, America and French Forces from New Caledonia will join the Royal New Zealand Air Force for Exercise KIWI FLAG 2013 (KF13) a tactical flying training exercise for fixed wing air transport aircraft.
The exercise will test the inter-operability skills of all participating Forces in deployed tactical operations.
Aircraft from the international Defence Forces involved in KF13 will be based at RNZAF Base Ohakea.
KF13 is being integrated with Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO 2013 (SK13), one of the biggest joint international military exercises held in New Zealand, that is being run in the South Island, involving Air, Land and Maritime Forces from nine countries.
Both military Exercises are excellent opportunities for the New Zealand Defence Force to continue to develop regional relationships and improve inter-operability of Forces.
Locally the public may notice more air activity than usual, including low level flying and parachute drops. Increased military security around Base Ohakea will be in force, providing round the clock security for the duration of the Exercise.