The New Zealand Defence Force contributes around 60 NZDF personnel to the Combined Maritime Forces' (CMF) maritime security operations 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 31 nations, and assists in providing freedom of seas and shipping lanes through a secure maritime environment.
The NZDF contingent uses the P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft to carry out maritime security operations for the CMF.