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Season two of Unclassified Podcast launches

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Medals - wearing and caring

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Working dogs seminar a howling success

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Black Falcons gear up for season ending flypast in Taupō this weekend

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NZDF working with Pacific neighbours to support Solomon Islands election

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Antarctica season comes to a close while Hercules crew conducts medical evacuation

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More entitlements and support for Jayforce and Mururoa veterans' families

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Southern skies host Exercise Skytrain

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NZ Army gears up to lend a hand in Tonga during Exercise Tropic Twilight

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First-of-its-kind space course for NZDF

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Hawke's Bay Reserve Force soldier tackles world's toughest race for charity

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First medals in over a decade for No. 3 Squadron

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Learning the weapons trade


Air Force recruits back school’s core values

AC Leela Brown

Air Force technician returns to the Far North to inspire students

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NZDF to deploy Poseidon aircraft on furthest deployment

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NZ Army Band share the same musical cheer 60 years on

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Defence Force recognises personnel going the extra yard at home and abroad

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NZDF personnel commemorate sinking of HMNZS Moa in Solomon Islands

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Big brother becomes youngest course recruit for RNZAF

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Chief of Defence honoured

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Tattoo artist makes her mark in Army Reserves

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Chief of Air Force welcomes first flights of C-130J

Aircraftman Georgia Woodhouse at the Dip Flat training area, part of the Air Force Recruit Course.

New Marlborough Air Force recruit joins the ‘family business’

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NZDF contingent arrives in Solomon Islands for election support

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Top skills brought back to Navy

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Soldiers' skills and endurance put to the mettle in Skill at Arms competition

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'Very special' moment for RNZAF pilot in remarkable restored Warbird

The NZDF payload Korimako in the laboratory before its launch into space

NZDF tests space hardware after successful satellite launch

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Auckland pilot gears up for fitting Hercules farewell display

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We keep Aotearoa New Zealand safe and secure. Our core task is to protect the sovereign territory of New Zealand including our Exclusive Economic Zone. We advance our nation’s interests through military operations at sea, on land and in the air. Our equipment and expertise supports people and communities in need at home, across our region, and around the world.

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We utilise a diverse range of modern military equipment.

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