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5 Squadron Association News.

Greetings all, this a short report to follow our pleasant and successful Reunion, luncheon and AGM of 5 Squadron RNZAF Association on Monday 13 May 2019 at Whenuapai.  The meeting was followed by a social gathering in the VPI bar and the announcement and presentation of the 5 Squadron Trophy to F/Sgt Ruan Heynike AWS.

The AGM elected a new executive committee of Logan Cudby (Chairman) Glen Moratti (Sec/Treas) Darrell Simpson (Deputy Chairman) plus five members; Vern Reynolds, Peter Burch, Don Bennington, John Fitch and Les Matthews.  I am remaining ex-officio for the year as Immediate Past Chairman and Greg Taylor has been retained ex-officio with the membership and database role.  This latter is very important as it embodies our principal purpose of effective communication with association members. 

I am honoured and privileged to have been your Chairman for the past 15 years and very pleased to be able to hand over to competent men with the interests of the association very much at heart.  On your behalf I also commend Greg for his sterling work as our Sec/Treas for many years.  We still have a couple of projects to fully complete and our excellent website, managed by Peter Culpan, will help you keep informed.   

Please remember to let us know of significant happenings among our number so that we can either disseminate the knowledge or make a personal contact as appropriate.

Sincerely

Gordon Ragg


 

Chairman's Message to 2019 AGM

 

 

Following the significant achievements in support of the interests of 5 Squadron and its present and past members over recent years 5 Squadron Association has had a relatively quiet year.


Over the past year the Squadron has maintained its reputation as one of the most effective and productive operational units in the New Zealand Defence Force. With its six P3K-2 aircraft and four operational crews it has conducted maritime and multirole missions in the South Pacific, Southem Ocean, South China Sea, East China Sea, Australia and Malaysia, all at a high level of reliability and capability. The integrated Mission Support from MSS Whenuapai is highly professional and compatible with our allies and friendly forces.

 

The squadron continues to keep one crew on two-hours standby and one on 24-hours standby for Emergency and Search and Rescue tasks and has flown 74 hours on SAR so far this vear.

It has trained and graduated eight new aircrew Corporals and conducted tasked missions on behalf of nine different government agencies including.GNS Science, MBIE, MFAT;NZ Police, Customs, Met Service amd Maritime New Zealand.

There have been no opportunities for our Association to contribute directly to the squadron's calendar of events this year so our focus on holding the AGM on a squadron training and social day provides a catalyst for interaction between current and past members. I believe that our most importailt purpose is to provide for continuing links between past members of the unit, and keep up-to-date on personal and operational changes. Our excellent website, so well maintained by Peter Culpan, provides for hours of browsing, Association records and posts of recent news relating to the squadron. This, along with the regular mailouts of the 'Air Force News' to members, provides news and helps to remind members to advise the committee of changes to their contact details, Last Posts, and of former service companions and families in circumstances where a friendly call would be appreciated.

On your behalf I thank Peter Culpan for his sterling work as our webmaster and committee members Greg Taylor, Vern Reynolds, Darrell Simpson, Don Bennington, Peter Burch, John Fitch, Brian Grimwood, Roger Binney and FIt Lt Andrew Day for their commitment on your behalf. Vern looks after our dwindling supply of the "Kiwi Orions" books to fulfil orders and ensure they are well accounted for, Darrell the necessary administrative liaison for the annual 5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy, John Fitch liaises for us with Base facilites when required, Flt Lt Andrew Day is on willing standby on the squadron and Don, Peter and Brian can be relied upon to respond whenever needed.

After l5 years as your Chairman I believe it is high time for new volunteers, with the interests of the association and the squadron atheart, and so have nominated Logan Cudby to chair the committee. Greg Taylor, our Secretary and Treasurer since 2011, is taking the 'membership database' role and has nominated Glen Moratti to be the new SecretarylTreasurer. Brian Grimwood and Roger Binney are retiring after a job well done and Les Matthews has been nonimated for the committee. I am willing to stay on the committee for the next year and am very pleased to welcome the new members.

If you have not obtained your copy of "KIWI ORIONS'please contact Vern Reynolds jreynolds@xtra.co.nz before the stock runs out! It is a timeless record of a great era.

Gordon Ragg AFC JP

Chairman                                                                                                                                                                            

Gordon. Raqg@xtra. co.nz l3 May 2019


 

 

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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 
Air Power – INTELLIGENCE, SuRVEILLANCE & RECONNAISSANCE
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.


 

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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

 

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If you have not obtained your copy of "KIWI ORIONS'please contact Vern Reynolds before the stock runs out! It is a timeless record of a great era.

 

 

 


Recent Media release: NZDF Continues Search for Missing Kiribati Fishing Vessels 

 

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will continue searching for two vessels in Kiribati that had been overdue from separate fishing trips since last week.

Air Component Commander Air Commodore Tim Walshe said a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft sent from Auckland yesterday would resume the search today.

The crew made good progress yesterday in covering the search area despite poor weather conditions, Air Commodore Walshe said.

One of the missing vessels is a six-metre wooden boat with three people on board. The second is a four-metre canoe with one person on board.

The Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Coordination Centre, which is responsible for the search area, requested assistance from the NZDF on Sunday after a search by a local patrol boat failed to find either vessel on Friday.

The two missing vessels were last seen by a local search aircraft late on Friday afternoon.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is providing search area determination drift models to assist with the search.

RCCNZ senior search and rescue officer Keith Allen said these models could give an accurate projection of the rate of drift of various objects based on the current and winds in the area.

7 May 2019


 

 

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


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. 


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 All past and present 5 Squadron Personnel are eligible and are warmly encouraged to register. It's free, no subs and no annual renewal required. Current members will automatically be put onto the registered members list so, for many, it’s even easier. Benefits include fellowship, mailouts of ‘Air Force News’ and occasional squadron support activities. Contact Vern Reynolds jreynolds@xtra.co.nz

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