Defence Force operations

The Defence Force has a rich history of overseas deployments in support of New Zealand’s interests and international peace and security. This has included separate operational and non-operational missions since 1990.

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The Defence Force has experienced a period of very high activity over the past 20 years, including major deployments to Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In the past few years, the Canterbury earthquakes and Operation Protect (NZDF support to the Government response to the pandemic) are examples of an unexpected call on the Defence Force that required a substantial commitment of people and equipment.

A number of smaller long standing deployments continue in Africa, the Middle East, and Korea. The Defence Force also undertakes a range of regular capacity building and defence diplomacy activities, with a primary focus on the South Pacific and South East Asia.

Read more about NZDF deployments on the NZDF website(external link)

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