Deployment of NZDF Aircraft and Support Staff to the Middle East
The NZDF has periodically deployed C-130 Hercules to provide air logistics support to the Middle East.
From early May 2018, a C-130 Hercules and support staff will be deployed to the Middle East for eight months to provide air mobility and logistic support flights in support of New Zealand and Australian operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan and the Sinai Peninsula.
In order to support the deployment of RNZAF aircraft to the region, three staff officers are currently deployed to the US Air Force’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which coordinates air tasking in support of the Combined Maritime Forces, Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq) and Operation Resolute Support (Afghanistan).
Additionally, New Zealand maintains a small logistic contingent in the region to support all New Zealand Defence Force operations in the Middle East and Africa.
The mandate for these deployments expires in June 2020.