Category : Defence
Author: NZDF

You have two hours to move within 200 metres of the observers and fire your first blank round. You start about one kilometre out, give or take. You cannot be seen at all. If you are seen, you fail.

Each year only 12 soldiers devote six weeks of their lives honing skills which they hope will match the exacting standards required to emerge out the other side as a badged sniper of New Zealand Army. Historically less than half make the grade. In 2020 just six passed.

Article: https://www.nzdf.mil.nz/nzdf/news/the-art-of-seeing-through-the-tussock/
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Category : Defence
Author: NZDF

Gulf Conflict 1991 || 30 years ago, on 17 January 1991 - two days after the deadline set in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 - the Gulf War Coalition launched a campaign which began the offensive codenamed Operation Desert Storm.

Article: https://www.facebook.com/NZDefenceForce/posts/3565837626786691
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 Thank you for your service...

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Category : Defence
Author: Nighthawk

2019 - 2020 was a busy year for the NZDF and MoD with various procurements and upgrades for our defence for. The report shows a lot more about the what was going on behind the scenes including any impact Covid-19 had on the said project. 

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Category : Defence
Author: Shipyard, Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Prototyping is underway at the Osborne shipyard in Adelaide in preparation for work to start on Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter-class frigates.

The Australian Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG)’s first assistant secretary ships Sheryl Lutz said five prototype blocks would be built in the prototyping phase to test the shipyard’s production systems, develop the facilities and ensure the workforce was trained and ready to build the Hunter-class frigates.

Article: https://defpost.com/preparation-underway-to-build-royal-australian-navys-new-hunter-class-frigates/
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Category : Defence
Author: Reuters

AIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) -Two U.S. warships sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday drawing protest from Beijing, the second such mission this month and coming almost two weeks after a Chinese aircraft carrier group used the same waterway.

China, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by stepped-up U.S. support for the island, including arms sales and sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait, further souring Beijing-Washington relations.

Article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-security-usa-idUSKBN2942HJ
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Category : Defence
Author: Thomas Manch

New Zealand’s place in the world is increasingly threatened as the post-World War II international order collapses and a power shift between the United States and China squeezes countries in the middle.

This picture of a “turbulent” world comes from newly released briefings to new Cabinet ministers written by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Defence Force, and intelligence agencies the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Security Communications Bureau (GCSB).

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/123706960/government-briefings-say-threats-to-new-zealand-grow-with-a-receding-world-order
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Category : Defence
Author: Nighthawk

Let's talk about Naval Combat Management Systems...

The ANZAC frigates of the RNZN have just had a systems upgrade which we have mentioned on here many a times and the systems upgrades include switching from the older version of 9LV Combat System from Saab to the newer CMS330 from Lockheed Martin which is very loosely based on their Aegis Combat System which they obtained through buying and merging with various companies.

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Category : Defence
Author: Trevor Hollingsbee

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is responsible for maritime security within the nation’s 4.3 million square-kilometre EEZ, as well as in the waters surrounding the New Zealand offshore territories of Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue and the Ross Dependency. The service also punches above its weight in the international maritime arena, and has seen active service in recent years in the Persian Gulf, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, as well as taking part in multi-national disaster relief and peacekeeping operations.

Article: https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/column-the-royal-new-zealand-navy-a-small-but-increasingly-ambitious-force-naval-gazing/
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