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New Air Force Chief begins role

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75 years of Defence First Aid competition

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules in Antarctica sitting on the ice.

Summer season gets under way for NZDF's Operation Antarctica

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Textbooks wing their way to Fiji


New Military Working Dog facility opens in Ohakea

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PTI training heats up in the Middle East

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RNZAF NH90 crew deliver record number of traps into Ruahine Range

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Invictus Games 2023

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RNZAF Jazz Orchestra navigates new path with second album

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Growing connections in disaster preparation exercise

Air Force technician Leading Aircraftman Sarah Lockwood takles world champs

Air Force technician tackles world champs

Great Barrier Rescue

Great Barrier rescue among Defence recognition awards

Side view of a P-8A Poseidon, a large grey jet aircraft with landing gear down as the plane prepares to land on a cloudy day.

Poseidon expands its fisheries surveillance to Western Pacific


More than 20 fishing vessels inspected during New Zealand-led South Pacific fisheries patrol

Flight Lieutenant Tyler Ngapo standing infront of the King Air aircraft

King Airs prove their worth on maritime patrols

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NZDF delivers generators to Niue

An RNZAF C-130 Hercules has gone to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, carrying aid supplies following a volcanic eruption

New Zealand sends aid to autonomous region of Bougainville after eruption

NZDF troops have been honing their warfighting skills during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 in Queensland, where they worked alongside forces from 12 other nations

Talisman Sabre hones NZDF's readiness for combat

Stacey Adam

Medic, mum, and brain tumor survivor


RNZAF NH90 helicopter flying after temporary pause

Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force firefighters fist bump prior to conducting a joint live-fire training exercise during Mobility Guardian 23 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Kiwis shine as global exercise wraps up

NZ Army soldiers clearing buildings as part of an offensive action during Exercise Talisman Sabre

NZ troops, LAVs and NH90s go on the offensive in Exercise Talisman Sabre

Royal New Zealand Air Force firefighter Leading Aircraftman Te Waiora Pirikahu poses in front of Andersen Air Force Base fire appliances

Whanganui Air Force Firefighter relishes Guam experience

Royal New Zealand Air Force medic, Corporal Heidi Joseph from the Aeromedical Evacuation team on-board a Royal Air Force aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian 23.

RNZAF medic gains emergency training alongside partner nations in multinational exercise

NZDF personnel and platforms have arrived in Australia ready to take part in the 10th and largest iteration of Exercise Talisman Sabre, involving around 30,000 personnel from 11 nations.

NZDF mobilises for largest-ever Exercise Talisman Sabre

The former Farmlands building on Cumberland Street is destined to become the home of three NZDF units which are currently in separate Dunedin locations

NZDF consolidates Dunedin-based military facilities in one building

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Poseidon fleet complete

Corporal Haybittle on his windfoil, a blue board with a mat travelling down to the water and a red and white kite on top. He is pulling the shaka and is wearing a black helmet, glasses and wetsuit.

Air Force Tech flies above the waves

Four firefighters two in grey suits holding a red hose, and two in black suits, with yellow helmets tending to the shell of a Seasprite helicopter used in the exercise to simulate an aircraft crash.

Helicopter crash exercise hones rescue response

A Royal New Zealand Air Force aviator looks out the window of a Royal Air Force A400M Atlas during a familiarisation flight over Hawaii during Mobility Guardian 23. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Pick.

NZDF strengthens airpower alongside partner nations In multinational exercise

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We are the Royal New Zealand Air Force – Te Tauaarangi o Aotearoa

We provide New Zealand with responsive and effective air power to meet its national interests. We are an agile and adaptive Air Force with the versatility essential for New Zealand Defence Force operations. As such, we are a modern and dynamic part of the Defence Force. We’ve got the right equipment to perform our primary roles: airborne surveillance and reconnaissance, combat, and air mobility.

We are a force of highly trained professionals.

We come from all walks of life and share a strong sense of what it means to be Kiwi - our culture is based on our values Tū Kaha (courage), Tū Tika (commitment), Tū Tira (comradeship) and Tū Maia (integrity). Together, we are Force for New Zealand and are proud to serve Aotearoa and its diverse communities.

We operate a number of different aircraft types used for both training and operations.