10 Feb 2015

Go-ahead for possible deployment

5:12 pm on 10 February 2015

The Government has given the go-ahead for the Defence Force to undertake contingency training for a possible deployment to Iraq.

The New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.

The New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. Photo: RNZ / Craig McCulloch

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said he has accepted the Chief of Defence Force's request to begin training for a possible role in Iraq.

He said training will cover areas such as force protection, cultural awareness and skills relevant to deployment.

The training will take place at Linton and Waiouru.

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