A Force for New Zealand
Every hour of the day, 365 days a year, we protect New Zealand’s interests at sea, safeguard peace and stability within our neighbouring regions and further afield, and help others in times of need with agile air operations across the world.
News & Updates
Air Force Veteran thrown into Gulf War in first few months of service
Wing Commander Paul Cockerton was 18 years old when he deployed to Saudi Arabia with the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Scud Missile memories amid scars of Gulf War
Flight Sergeant Mike Cotton was 19 years old when he deployed to the Gulf as part of the Royal Air Force’s 9 Squadron RAF (Tornado bombers) ground crew.
Gulf War a first step in medical career for NZ Army Major
Major David Foote was 21 years old when he deployed to the Gulf as part of the New Zealand Defence Force contingent in 1991.
Massive effort to keep RNZAF Hercules flying during Gulf War
Warrant Officer Mark Harwood was the flight sergeant in charge of the maintenance team for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules aircraft during the New Zealand Defence Force’s deployment to the Gulf.
Gulf War a life-changing experience for Army Major
Major Ken Coombes was 32 when he deployed to the Gulf as the Admin NCO and it was the first of three Middle East missions during his NZ Army service.