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Army Engineers Tackle Training

Personnel from Three Field Squadron head out on the water in Cass Bay as part of their amphibious operations training
Personnel from Three Field Squadron head out on the water in Cass Bay as part of their amphibious operations training.

3 May 2016

A contingent of New Zealand Army engineers is tackling the challenge of amphibious operations training at Cass Bay in Lyttelton Harbour this week.

Three Field Squadron which is part of 2nd Engineer Regiment, based at Burnham Military Camp, will complete boating skills, basic sea survival, navigation by day and night, as well as man overboard and capsizing drills.

Staff Sergeant Quentin Whanau from Three Field Squadron said the training is important as it allows the engineers to provide operational capability in amphibious operations.

“The training for these types of operations is focused on safety and procedures, along with refining our navigation skills by day and night, sea survival, and working relationships with other force elements,” said Staff Sergeant Whanau.

The team is also spending time getting used to new equipment which includes dive fins, emersion suits, and protection helmets.

“This annual training is vital as it gives our soldiers and officers the skills needed to be ready to project forces onto land from a maritime platform, such as the HMNZS CANTERBURY.

“It also best prepares our engineers to overcome any situation that arises in an operational capacity,” he said.

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For more information please contact: Charlene Smart Senior Communications Advisor – Southern for the New Zealand Defence Force on 021 221 4097.

This page was last reviewed on 4 May 2016.