The New Zealand Defence Force contributes more than 60 New Zealand Air Force personnel to the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) anti-piracy efforts in the Middle East.
The RNZAF P-3K2 Orion was part of a CMF operation to seize a $280 million (AUD) drug haul from a dhow off the Horn of Africa.
Photo courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy.
The CMF is a multinational Naval partnership of 30 nations, and assists in providing freedom of seas and shipping lanes through a secure maritime environment.
The RNZAF detachment utilises the P-3K2 Orion aircraft to carry out maritime security operations for the CMF.
The P-3K2 Orion returned from a 16-month deployment as part of the CMF in December 2015.