Omokoroa Man Keeping The Troops Airbourne In New Caledonia

8 September 2014
Corporal John Moore working on the engine of a Navy Seasprite helicopter onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY.
Corporal John Moore working on the engine of a Navy Seasprite helicopter onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY.

From servicing the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) helicopter in Hawaii to conducting flight line activities with French military helicopters in New Caledonia, Omokoroa man John Moore is enjoying the variety and travel that his career brings.

Corporal (CPL) Moore, a former Tauranga Boys' College pupil, is an aircraft technician in the Whenuapai-based Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) 6 Squadron. He is one of eight RNZAF aircraft technicians onboard HMNZS Canterbury, the Navy’s amphibious support ship. 

He has been working in the coalition environment to service the Navy’s SH-2G Seasprite helicopter, conduct in-flight refuelling and assist with flight deck operations for a multinational force exercising in New Caledonia.

Exercise Croix Du Sud is a joint amphibious exercise that aims to foster and sustain cooperative Defence relationships in our corner of the world. Military forces from nine nations were involved in 2014, conducting realistic Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) training.

Exercise Croix Du Sud was CPL Moore’s second multinational exercise this year, the first was Exercise RIMPAC in Hawaii. He has been working alongside the Canadian Armed Forces, French Armed Forces, and US Marines while landing aircraft on HMNZS CANTERBURY.

“Working together with foreign militaries as part of an amphibious task force has been a cool experience,” says CPL Moore.  “We are exposed to new defence- wide capabilities and the challenges that come with that, and we get to see and learn from other countries and how they operate.”

During the past six years, CPL Moore has completed engineering, mechanics and technicians courses funded by the New Zealand Defence Force, as well as travelling to Samoa, Rarotonga and Christmas Island on maritime patrol.

CPL Moore is passionate about sport and has represented the RNZAF in rugby union, league and touch as well as captaining a local premier rugby league team. He has also competed in inter-base tournaments around New Zealand and in Brisbane.

“Good training and qualifications, great friendships, lots of sport and a good support network including a Military Christian Fellowship on base make the RNZAF an awesome place to work,” says CPL Moore. “The adventures, travel and job security are a really sweet bonus as well.”


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