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With the arrival of the P-8A Poseidon and the retirement of the P-3K2, the Air Ordnance Specialist trade will be disbanded. An event to mark this occasion is planned, please see below for further details.

It is also with much regret I must pass on the passing of another Association member, Glenn Wilmont GRAHAM (Twisty) Service Number 330672. Marine Section RNZAF. He passed on the 25th July 2022.

His family have passed on that he was extremely proud of having served in the RNZAF and in particular in the Marine Section with a tour at Laucala Bay, Fiji being a highlight of his time in the service.

Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa



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Exercise Rimpac 2022   

A major international exercise involving more than two dozen nations and thousands of personnel has finished, with Group Captain Pete Gibson playing a key role in the United States based event.        

26 AUGUST, 2022

Royal New Zealand Air Force's Group Captain (GPCAPT) Pete Gibson was the deputy commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 172 for this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The CTF alone comprised of 18 maritime patrol aircraft and about 800 personnel. 

Within the task force, American, Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, Japanese, Korean and New  Zealand participants worked together to conduct maritime air patrols. RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 

This year, 26 nations, 38 surface ships, three submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel participated in the exercise. 

"Strategic success is getting 26 nations on the island. It doesn’t matter if it’s one person or 10 aircraft the fact is you’ve got a flag here from that nation. Having eight nations as a part of CTF 172 here working together is just success full stop. 

"There are so many different nations and their aircraft have different capabilities. Everyone has a slightly different way of doing things. But the fact that you can have an Australian aircraft being relieved by a Korean aircraft, being relieved by a US aircraft it all works just seamlessly. That’s the real goal here and that’s what RIMPAC’s all about. If we have to go out and do this in the real world we’ve worked with these nations before, so we understand each other." 

The plan is for the Air  Force to return to RIMPAC in 2024 with a P-8A Poseidon. The exercise will be an important part of the transition plan for the aircraft, building on basic search and rescue capability to practise more advanced warfighting, GPCAPT Gibson said.  "Exercises such as RIMPAC will provide unique training opportunities for the P-8A crew. It’s an environment where crews can test themselves against ships and submarines and working in a big organisation with lots of other aircraft and complex airspace."This year there were more than 165 NZDF personnel participating in RIMPAC performing range of different roles, at sea and ashore, from all three Services. That included HMNZS Aotearoa at sea, a team from HMNZS Matataua – the Naval Littoral Warfare specialists in Southern California, Royal New  Zealand Air  Force personnel embedded in the Combined Air Operations Centre and the NZ Army Joint Fires Team that worked alongside the United States Marine Corps."Having individuals as augmentees embedded in the organisation, performing a range of roles across a number of trades and getting experience they never would have had, is important to developing partner interoperability," GPCAPT Gibson said."New  Zealand is well regarded in RIMPAC and they know we’ve got people who can do this job well, that’s really important and it sets us up for the future."



17 Aug 2022

The first of our four P-8A Poseidon aircraft took to the skies in the United States today, completing a test flight ahead of systems fit out.

This aircraft will be delivered to Aotearoa New Zealand later this year.

Rest In Peace: FLTLT Dave McDonald,29 Wings Course and 5 Squadron RNZAF. Passed away 20 July 2022.

Dave's widow, Aileen is organising a memorial function at their home from 2pm to 7pm, on 30 October 2022, for those who knew Dave and can attend.

Aileen hopes this date avoids school holidays, labour weekend, Canterbury Show Week and by then the weather will be a little friendlier.

Their address is  81 Knights Road, RD5, Christchurch 7675. This is in the Weedons District of Selwyn, across the railway line from the Main South Road.

Aileen's Contact Details are: Email: Zl3zzz@xtra.co.nz  Mobile phone: 021 238 4966, in case you wish to advise your intention to attend, or send any other message.

Gordon Ragg, thank you for passing this message on

Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa
Logan Cudby
5 Squadron Association



A salute to air ordnance

As the Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion fleet retires to make way for the P-8A Poseidons, No. 5 Squadron’s air ordnance specialist trade will also come to an end. We take a look at the trade and its contribution over the past 56 years.

04 AUGUST, 2022

The full Orion crew consists of 12 aircrew, one of which is an air ordnance specialist.

The trade also serves as a feeder to the air warfare specialist and air warfare officer trades, providing experienced aircrew who also hold wider Defence Force experience to those direct entrance groups, air ordnance specialist leader Warrant Officer (W/O) Aaron Grocott said.

While the name ordnance might infer a specialised knowledge of weaponry, that is not the only thing involved in the role, with specialists knowledge ranging from weapons to catering to medical protocols.

A major responsibility for the specialists is working with the kill store system. The P-3K2 Orion is capable of dropping bombs and torpedoes. The team are the aircrew specialists in the management and problem solving of these systems from the time they are loaded to the time the stores are dropped or returned to our armament techs, W/O Grocott said.

“The kill store system is also used to drop life rafts to survivors in the ocean. All of these and other outputs have procedures that require specific contributions from air ordnance specialists. They are also the only aircrew qualified to load, unload and check life rafts connected to the kill store system, a crucial skill for no-notice search and rescue callouts.”


29 Jul 2022

Dear Association,
A 5 SQN Association member, Bill Pickering, is inquiring after contact details for Peter Blake, ex ordnanceman and armourer. 
If anyone can help out please send me the details and I will forward them onto Bill.

Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa. 

Glen Moratti,
5 Squadron Association.

28 Jul 2022.


McDONALD, Capt. David M:

Air NZ (Rtd) F/O NZRAF 5 Squadron (1958-64). Beloved husband of Aileen, and much loved cousin, uncle, friend, and neighbour. David passed away peacefully at Anthony Wilding Rest Home Hospital in Halswell on July 20, 2022.

4th June 2022

GDay neighbours.

This week we welcomed a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon to Base Ohakea on a routine training flight in order to qualify aircrew in international operations.

Spotting P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Base Ohakea is something the public will get used to when our fleet starts arriving at the end of the year.


28 May 2022

Raising the roof

A 500-tonne roof has been lifted into place 33 metres above the ground at Base Ohakea, a very visual sign of progress being made on the $250 million infrastructure build to support the P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

24 May 2022

Crew on an Orion aircraft have found two missing boats within 10 nautical miles of each other, dropping survival kits with water and locator beacons to those on board.

Facebook May 2022

Welcome home Our P-3K2 Orion NZ4202 has returned to Base Auckland after a heavy maintenance programme at Base Woodbourne. It is the last Orion in the fleet to undertake the work.
The maintenance represents a milestone, with the fleet heading towards retirement next year and well worthy of a salute.

Hello 5 Sqn Association
I hope this update finds you well and hopefully enjoying some of the ‘freedoms’ that we have regained as we move out of the COVID lockdown period.  In this edition we have CO 5 Squadron’s update, what news I’ve picked up around the traps and some links to ANZAC Parade information that might be useful.
The Best-Little-Squadron-in-the- World has been busy again this year.  This issue, we have an update from CO5 as our usual squadron correspondent, Tyler Ngapo has finished his TACCO upgrade, and I guess the CO thought he’d cut him a break.  The Squadron are clearly stretched at present with maintaining current training and operations from an ever-reducing fleet and preparing for the arrival of the new fleet and a new home at Ohakea.

CO 5 SQN Report
We’re just starting to find our feet again after the first crews departed for Florida in late Jan and we’ve been pushing through the last OCC which was supposed to graduate in Oct last year! So not quite the smooth transition to 2 crews we had initially intended, but we’re getting there.
Although we’ve been talking of transition for a while and plenty of planning and re-planning the departure of TC1 has really brought into sharp focus that we’re into transition and there are plenty of challenges ahead with a reduced workforce. The team has responded really well in true 5 SQN fashion and we’ve been able to get through a number of activities this quarter while managing the omicron outbreak and further pressure on the teams.
The year quite literally started with a SAR to Tonga on New Years Eve, the callout coming at 2330 on the 31st Dec. A win locating a stricken fishing boat and directing a Tongan patrol boat on to assist. This was shortly followed by a response MAWSONI tasking to the Southern Ocean, but unfortunately this ended up being a visit to Invercargill as the vessels had progressed too far away and had the mission proceeded they would of got about 5 min on task – not really a good cost-benefit!
That’s okay though as we didn’t have to wait long and we were in Tonga again as the first aircraft assessing the aftermath of the Volcano eruption and Tsunami. We did have to wait a day though as the TAF in Fua’amotu was forecasting rock rain! Finally, we also got NZ4206 away to Woodbourne for her belated retirement. She obviously wanted to stay flying given the engine change required in Brunei on the way home from Japan after OP WHIO and just in time for Xmas. All that within the first couple of weeks when we were still at a reduced manning period. From there we settled into a bit more routine and kicked into the OCC flying and fare-welled the 18 pers proceeding on Transition Course 1 in Jacksonville.
Feb was a little more settled and subdued with four TAPESTRY patrols and we finally got our pilots over to the Flight Sim in Edinburgh and back to the Barossa!
Although March was super busy, it was difficult as we started to get hit with Omicron cases and also the restrictions for isolating our people. On several occasions we had to send an entire maint shift home due to being High Risk Close Contacts. Still despite these challenges the team rose to the challenge and achieved two TAPESTRYs, one NORPAT to the Solomon Islands (even operating on RAT Packs given the lack of provisions accessible in SI) and the SAR on the ENCHANTER off North Cape which was very successful in locating all personnel on-board, but very tragic with half being recoveries rather than rescues.  
So overall, it has been a productive 1st quarter to 2022 despite the ongoing challenges of COVID and a realisation that transition is well and truly underway. Positives on the horizon in the 2nd quarter will be graduation of the final P-3 OCC after a very protracted course, another two NORPAT and we’re even looking to sneak in an IRONSEA and SINGAFFIL in June. For those in different parts of the country we’ll be looking to visit various locations and conduct open days in between flying days over the next year and we’ll try and keep you advised of dates and locations for anyone looking to come visit and farewell the Great Grey Hunter around the traps.

Great work guys. Keep it up and congratulations to the graduates of the last ever P3 Orion Operational Conversion Course in NZ.
I feel that every time I write lately, I start out noting that we are in ‘interesting times’ and I’m going to have to say it again!  Since 24 February, Putin’s Russia have given our media a break from reporting COVID news and added a whole new chapter of craziness to world history.
On 8 April, the Russian Government even went so far as Blacklist two of our Association members! Air Marshal Kevin Short (Chief of Defence) and Air Vice Marshal Andrew Clark (Chief of Air Force) where included on the blacklist, along with all our MPs and a number of other Government Officials.
[1]  I really hope the blacklist was signed off “From Russia with Love”.  Clarky has been cultivating a Sean Connery hairdo for a few years now and would love the 007 link.
I’d like to give shout out to Group Captain Nick Olney (nearly retired).  Nicko has had his last day at work this week and will spend some time with his terminally-ill mother before starting a new role with SAP.  Nicko has had a long and successful flying career, amassing around 8,260 flying hours, serving on operations in Somalia, Bosnia, the Persian Gulf and most recently he led the NZ Evacuation Operation from Kabul, plucking 100s NZDF-linked locals from the crowds at the airport as the Taliban harassed and harried operations.  Congratulations on a great career Nick and our thoughts are with your family at this time.
For those of you who are looking for an ANZAC Parade this year, COVID is still interfering and some extra-organising might be required if you are looking to catch up with service mates on the morning.  In the main centres, many of the Services have either been ‘closed to the public’ or cancelled completely. However, some RSA’s, and the usual ANZAC day bars and café’s are still opening, if you are in the first 200 to get a seat.  Here are some links that might be useful if you are planning to mark the day with more than a salute to the letter box as you head out fishing:
  1. Auckland: https://ourauckland. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ events/2022/04/anzac-day- parades-services-2022/
  2. Wellington: https://wellington.govt.nz/ news-and-events/events-and- festivals/anzac-day
  3. Christchurch: https://newsline.ccc.govt.nz/ news/story/anzac-day-a-time- to-remember
  4. Dunedin: https://dn-rsa.org.nz/anzac- day-services/
Whatever you do, I hope this weekend and the rest of the year goes well for you and your families.

Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa
Logan Cudby
5 Squadron Association

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Facebook 6 Apr 22

Lost Contact request. 3 Apr 2022

I am trying to make contact with Mr Barry Brook.
Barry was instrumental in my recruitment to the RNZAF ( I’m ex 14, 75, PTS Squadron F/L retired ) and again in my ground training with AirNZ.
I would very much like the opportunity to catch up again and thank him.

Glenn Stewart

23 March 2022 Operation Rai Balang

March 2022 P-8A milestone


Tonga Response Update 19 Jan 2022

NZDF ship, aircraft help ensure Pacific fishing rules are followed

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Wellington and a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft have identified several vessels of interest during a maritime resource border protection operation currently underway in the Pacific.

23 NOVEMBER, 2021

The patrols are being coordinated with the nations of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu, with the areas for survey also being covered by aerial surveillance involving the HMNZS Wellington’s embarked Seasprite helicopter from No. 6 Squadron, and the Orion from No. 5 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

RNZAF Orion in Antarctica 

An RNZAF Orion in Antarctica in 2010, US Embassy NZ.

20 Dec 2021

On this day 50 years ago, No. 5 Squadron Orion NZ4205 made a ‘touch and go’ on the ice runway near McMurdo Station, making it (according to news media of the time) the first Orion to touch its wheels on the Antarctic continent. The 4,200-mile flight from Christchurch and back took 13 hours.

The aircraft was captained by Wing Commander Ivor Mackay, who had observed that the area No. 5 Squadron had Search and Rescue responsibility for extended to Antarctica. Recent surveillance flights had taken the aircraft further south than it had ever been before, so a flight to Antarctica was the next logical step. The historic flight demonstrated an Orion could reach McMurdo should Search and Rescue be required and gave navigators experience in the southern area.

Flight Lieutenant Bob Brill, one of the navigators on the flight, recalled “the Orion touched down in a perfect landing, but very noisy as ice particles were banging on the belly, just as if we had touched down on a gravel runway. Full power and we were airborne making a port turn back towards New Zealand.” (Paul Harrison, Kiwi Orions, (2006), pp.52-53)

From Air Force News Issue 242 Dec 21

                                     Preparation for the arrival of the new P-8A Poseidon

From Facebook 14 Dec 21

No. 5 Squadron has started its transition to Base Ohakea in preparation for the arrival of the new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Base Ohakea officially opened the Poseidon Transition Unit (PTU) today which will house the squadron relocating from Whenuapai while construction continues on their new purpose-built facilities for the new aircraft.

The facilities, once completed, will be home to No. 5 Squadron and the four Poseidons, with the first aircraft set to arrive in 2023.

From Air Force News 23 Nov 21

NZDF ship, aircraft help ensure Pacific fishing rules are followed

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Wellington and a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft have identified several vessels of interest during a maritime resource border protection operation currently underway in the Pacific.

The patrols are being coordinated with the nations of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu, with the areas for survey also being covered by aerial surveillance involving the HMNZS Wellington’s embarked Seasprite helicopter from No. 6 Squadron, and the Orion from No. 5 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

New Zealand is one of 17 nations contributing to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the region.

Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour said the detection and deterrence of such fishing was a very important role for the New Zealand Defence Force.

“The rules that the FFA have in place are there for a reason, ensuring the fisheries are managed effectively for future generations. The New Zealand Defence Force has the capability to assist the FFA and our Pacific neighbours to maintain and uphold those rules.”

Issue 241 Air Force News Nov 21


From Air Force News issue 241 Nov 2021 

Flypast with friends ✈️ Exercise Bersama Gold 21 wrapped up with an impressive flypast and naval vessel display in Singapore.

Bersama Gold is a major exercise on the international calendar marking the 50th anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).

An Orion aircraft, along with personnel on Royal New Zealand Navy ships HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Aotearoa, which had a Seasprite helicopter embarked, were deployed to the exercise.

Farewell flight NZ4203

A few facts for you:
  • NZ4203 was delivered to the RNZAF on the 4thJan 1967, on the same day as NZ4204 and NZ4205.
  • At 26596.7hrs (3 years and 22 days in the air), NZ4203 (Lockheed S/N 5200, US Navy BuNo 152888) is the NZ fleet leader in terms of “experience”, 198hrs ahead of NZ4202.
  • As one of the last P-3B airframes still operating its possible she’s a world fleet leader. USN contacts believe this is likely the case as they transitioned across to P-3Cs.
  • 4203 was the test aircraft for P-3K2 Antarctic operations in 2006 and completed a medevac there in 2010
  • 4203 completed her last upgrade to the P-3K2 variant on 10 Feb 2013. 
  • She will be captained today by FLTLT Brock, the same pilot that conducted the acceptance flight on 10 Feb 2013 that made the aircraft a ‘P-3K2’.
  • Operations, exercises, airshows and HADR activities across the world. Countless Search and Rescues and many lives saved.
Although this is not the way we wanted to see her off, there are many things that have changed through lockdowns and many key events that have been missed so we will keep that in perspective and celebrate the history and service of this amazing aircraft at a later time.
For those of you wondering what comes of her next? 4203 has a vital part to play in  keeping the rest of the fleet flying for the next few years and so every part on the aircraft is still core to the P-3 story of the RNZAF. To that end, there will be no ‘souveniring’ of any parts either here or in Woodbourne. Apart from the fact that would be theft, not only do we need everything still, but as a weapon of war it is subject to Foreign Military Sales rules, which carry hefty punishments for non-compliance.  It is understandable though that people are attached to the aircraft after working with her for many years. Should people wish to apply to have a particular part for a memento, there is a proper process for doing so that through the National Disposal Office.
Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa
Logan Cudby
5 Squadron Associaton

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Postponement of 80th anniversary & AGM

Hello Members

I hope you are all safe and well.  

Bad news first - CO 5 Squadron has confirmed today that the 80th Anniversary Celebrations have been postponed.

We do not know a new date yet as there are several moving parts to line up, not the least of which is when the country will be back to Level 1.

 The function was fully booked, so we will maintain our list of confirmed attendees and, when a date is known, we will ask the current list to confirm availability first. Then we will fill in the spare slots created by those who can't make the new date.

 The strange times we live in carry on. 

Thank you for your forbearance.

We will keep you posted.

Keitou kalawaca na wasaliwa

Logan Cudby



The New Zealand crew training with the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently involved in a dramatic rescue of a group of Haitians, including a baby, after their vessel capsized off the coast of Grand Bahama.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 5 Squadron crew were on board two US Navy P-8As on a maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance exercise with US Navy instructors when a radio channel lit up with a distress call from the United States Coast Guard, RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Reece Tamariki said.

In the United States, the US Navy does not generally get involved in search and rescue tasks, a role which is carried out by local police and Coast Guard.

However, No 5 Squadron’s role includes year-round, fast notice search and rescue tasks, so the Kiwis were able to offer some of their own experience and insight into search options.

A 24ft vessel had capsized, and while eight survivors and two deceased had been recovered, there were up to six more people still in the water in need of rescue.

The P-8As were 80 nautical miles north of the search area, which was just six nautical miles off Grand Bahama.

Both aircraft responded and flew south in preparation for an official request for assistance.

“The Royal Bahamian Police and US Coast Guard were already on scene, and the regional Rescue Coordination Centre was made aware of the P-8As’ positions and ability to assist. A search area was developed and the two aircraft were then requested to aid in the search,” Flight Lieutenant Tamariki said.

The capsized vessel was found initially on radar and then visually. Once the drift was assessed, both aircraft commenced a visual search for survivors in the water, unaware exactly how many people were involved, or what survival aids they might have had.

That area of ocean was dead flat, and the visibility was excellent, so the crew held a quiet confidence that if they flew overhead, they could spot survivors in the water, Flight Lieutenant Tamariki said.

The search and rescue was unlike most missions Air Force operators are used to, with a helicopter, three fixed-wing aircraft, a Coast Guard vessel and Bahamian Police boats all on scene to assist.”

On board one of the aircraft, RNZAF Flight Sergeant Nick Rowe briefed the observers in the windows on their duties upon seeing anything in the water, and then controlled the sensors. Flight Lieutenant Tamariki coordinated the aircraft’s search while the US Navy instructors focussed on communication and deconfliction with the other aircraft.

"Upon completion of the tasked search area, and 45 minutes away from minimum gas, the aircraft were requested to return to base, refuel and head back to the search area,” Flight Lieutenant Tamariki said.

The search was eventually called off with a number of people still missing.

“The crew were sobered as a Haitian woman and a boy had died, while the survivors were taken to back to land for treatment. The event was a bleak reminder of the importance of the job No. 5 Squadron currently do with P-3K2 Orions, and will continue to do with the P-8A Poseidons.”

Eight No. 5 Squadron personnel and their families deployed to Jacksonville early last year to begin a three-year deployment working with P-8A Poseidon aircraft, training to be the first RNZAF instructors when the P-8As arrive in New Zealand in 2023.

Flying in the USA

We’re feeling the winter chill here in Aotearoa. Meanwhile across the world in Jacksonville, Florida our P8-A crews have been training in temperatures up to 31 degrees.

Learn more about their recent mahi   bit.ly/kiwis_P-8A  #NZAirForce  #Force4NZ




Facebook 27 Mar 2021

Teaming up in the Pacific. 

Aircrew on one of our Orion aircraft have been on maritime patrols to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity in the Pacific

National organisations in Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have been working together to conduct surveillance, supported by the four Pacific Quad partners - Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States..

Message from Leon Crosse re Mike Spring

Mike Spring’s family has asked if there is a photo of Mike beside a Sunderland - preferably, but not necessarily at Laucala Bay because that is where he met Fay.

Forward it to leonhcrosse@gmail.com who will arrange to have it passed on to the family.

Facebook 23 Oct 20

NZ Defence Force 15 June 2020

Putting in the hours overseas.

Putting in the hours overseas. In February 2020 our first 5SQN crew went to Florida to train on the P-8 with the U.S. Navy Squadron VP-30. This group will be our instructors when the P-8As start to arrive at Ohakea in late 2022. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the first six months of the training is qualifying to fly the P-8, they will then take an instructor’s course before instructing with the U.S. Navy.

On 27 May our exchange pilots (SQNLDRs Ben Woodhouse and Byron Wagstaff) took to the skies above Jacksonville, Florida, at the controls of a P-8A for the first time. This flight marks the point that all eight exchange personnel have flown on P-8A during transition course with the USN squadron, VP-30

Air Force News July 2020

   Front row seats. Aircrew in an Orion undertake maritime surveillance in the Middle East region.

5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy Recipients

The award includes a printed copy of the citation and an inscribed plaque to be retained by the recipient. 

New Launch: 5 Squadron Association Job-Seeker Assist
As a consequence of the COVID-Damage to the aviation industry, a number of our ex-Squadron colleagues are out of work or facing job cuts as industry back up funds run out.  The Association wants to use our network to help find those who are affected new employment.  We’re not sure how well this will work, but lets kick it off and see how it goes.
If you:

  1. Are looking for work yourself – please send your CV and covering letter, into info@5sqnassn.org.nz.  Please make sure your name is in the email title and all attached files.
  2. Know of a job – please also email to info@5sqnassn.org.nz with the job, and a reference of who our person should contact. 
  3. Able to offer help or mentoring for a job seeker, or know of other someone who could help – please also email into the above address.
If you know of a ex-Squadron member who is not enrolled in the association, but could help or needs help – please get them involved too.
I’m not sure who well this will work. Success will depend on people pitching in to work together.

Five Power Defence Agreement Book – Assistance Request
CO 5 has passed on the request below. If you do have a story you would like to share, please send it in to info@5sqnassn.org.nz.  Our thinking is that we will collate these stories for the Author, and also keep them for a ‘P3-Final Chapter’ book that is being mooted at present. 
CO 5 Email follows:                                      
From: Donaldson Glen, WGCDR <GLEN.DONALDSON@NZDF.mil.nz>
Subject: RFI for FPDA History (Unclassified.)
Morning Gents,
 I’ve just been contacted by Nicole Halliday at DPA and she is after some stories from our FPDA interaction over the years. She is chasing the info for an Australian historian who is putting together a 50th anniversary FPDA book – see below.
Australian Historian Mr Keith Hockton has been contracted by HQIADS to write the 50th Anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) book.
He wants it to be more than just a boring timeline of yearbook photos etc, and is after people with great FPDA stories.
Now I know you can spin a good yarn, and you’ve probably got more than a handful of stories (some possibly not quite suitable for this publication) about a stint on Bersama Lima, Bersama Shield, Suman Warrior or Suman Protector.
Would you let me know if you can contribute?  Or do you know someone in your wider team who could add to it?  
Wondering if you can put it out to the members of the Association and see if any have a great yarn they’d like to share. If so they can push it back through me and ensure it has the year and EX the story is from, including their details should the author want to follow up further.

WGCDR Glen Donaldson
Commanding Officer,
5 Squadron
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Thank you all. We look forward to hearing from you.
Keitou Kalawaca Na Wasaliwa
Logan Cudby
5 Squadron Association






The first use of air power was to observe the battlefield from the air; the advantage of height allowing more to be seen than is possible from the ground


Details of the unfolding battle was reported to commanders, enhancing their situational awareness and informing their decisions. until 1911, this role was usually performed using manned balloons but in October of that year the first reconnaissance flight using powered aircraft was undertaken by the Italians during the Italo-Turkish War in Libya. Later, during WWI, scouting aircraft were regularly reconnoitring the battlefronts of Europe. Reconnaissance, and its companions surveillance and intelligence, remain fundamental to air power, and to the conduct of warfare itself. Collectively, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) has far wider applicability than just on the battlefield and is central to a country’s ability to understand what is happening within its borders, and outlying maritime region. ISR aircraft are routinely deployed into international waters to monitor sea lines of communication, more commonly referred to as sea lanes, in order to ensure that international trade is not impeded by pirates or arbitrary actions 
of other nations. In the same manner, sea lanes and maritime areas are monitored for illegal activities, to ensure international sanctions are upheld, or to support government agencies. For example, No 5 Squadron RNZAF has recently conducted surveillance missions in New Zealand waters, and around the world, for the following purposes: • Identify illegal fishing activities in the Ross Sea. • Monitor uN sanctions against North Korea. • Carrying out a census of southern right whales in New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands. • Cyclone and earthquake damage reconnaissance. • Identify acts of piracy, and people and drug trafficking in the Middle East. • Various search and rescue missions in the Pacific.

When required, other Air Force squadrons also undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions such as a No. 40 Squadron C-130 aircraft dispatched to look at forest fires on the Chatham Islands, a No. 3 Squadron NH90 helicopter conducting aerial patrols of Fiordland, and a No. 42 Squadron B200 King Air aircraft deployed to assess cyclone damage in the Pacific. But, what do we mean by the terms Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance? First we will start with surveillance, which is the systematic observation of air, surface or subsurface areas, and places, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. Simply put, surveillance is a wide-area search carried out over a long period of time and is about monitoring and collecting information about an area of observation, and looking for abnormalities and potential threats within that area. In terms of New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), airborne surveillance is carried out regularly and will continue well into the future. 
However, we may see aircraft based surveillance of the EEZ being supplemented with Earth observation satellites. Reconnaissance is slightly different. It is a specific mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an adversary, or potential adversary, or to secure geographical data about a particular area. While surveillance may detect something amiss in an area, reconnaissance is about understanding what is going on. Further, in terms of disaster relief, reconnaissance is vital to understand the effects of a cyclone, earthquake, or tsunami. From the information gained, appropriate support can be provided to the communities requiring assistance. Intelligence is the product resulting from the processing of information gained during surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It provides national leadership, or military commanders, an understanding of what is happening in an area of concern, including supporting 
details such as weather, cultural, and geographical aspects relevant to the situation. The strategic role of ISR is to enable decision superiority by providing key pieces of data, information, and intelligence that assists the Air Force, NZDF, and New Zealand Government in achieving its objectives. ISR’s tactical role is to provide battlespace awareness, and information superiority, and therefore, decision superiority to military commanders. Basically, ISR involves getting the right information to the right people, in the right format, at the right time. By providing the best possible intelligence to the military commander, they can plan and make the best operational decisions. Air and satellite based ISR is used to achieve an early awareness of potential crisis points and enhance the quality of political and highlevel military understanding that leads to informed decision-making.














Photos of the Laucala Bay Monument Event 2018

Note the symbolism that the artist, Shane Bower from Savusavu, has created with the wings of a giant seabird (albatross) mounted above the representative fuselage - the lower half of which is a Sunderland wing float. more



Middle East Surveillence


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75th Anniversary 1941-2016

MOTAT and Whenuapai events photo collection



A Blast From the Past

Here is a series of links kindly provided by Robin Klitscher. These links are pieces written by Robin K which will be of interest to members, particularly the web-footers.

Recently digitised footage of Laucala bay

Sunderland Veterans Rolling Back The years


Facebook Slideshow  

With thanks from Wings Over New Zealand

Retired RAAF Orion

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