Deployment of NZDF Aircraft and Support Staff to the Middle East
The NZDF periodically deploys P-3K Orion aircraft air surveillance detachments to conduct maritime security missions.
From 12 February 2017 to 9 March 2018 a P-3K and 55 personnel were deployed to United States Naval Forces Command and the Combined Maritime Forces to support maritime security surveillance. Cabinet has agreed that NZDF will repeat this deployment in 2019.
In order to support the deployment of RNZAF aircraft to the region, three staff officers are currently deployed to the US Air Force’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which coordinates air tasking in support of the Combined Maritime Forces, Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq) and Operation Resolute Support (Afghanistan).
Additionally, New Zealand maintains a small logistic contingent in the region to support all New Zealand Defence Force operations in the Middle East and Africa.
The mandate for this deployment expires in June 2020.