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  • Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 TTH
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 TTH

Eight TTH requested to replace the UH-1H in use by 3 Squadron. Up to four of them will be able to be transported aboard the new Navy, Multi Role Vessel, HMNZS Canterbury
On 22 Aug 2013, one of the first five RNZAF NH-90 was seriously damaged by a lightning strike, 4 nm NE of Ohakea Air Base, requiring the replacement of all main and tail rotors. For an all weather airframe which includes SAR in its role, this is a serious setback to the service introduction programme.
The NH90 was introduced into RNZAF service in 2013.


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News

New Zealand NH90 Almost Back to Full Duty, 07-May-17 : Royal New Zealand Air Force eased limitations on its NH90 fleet that have prevented them flying over water, at night, and over mountainous terrain since 20 April

NH90s Bring Supplies to Kaikoura After Earthquake, 15-Nov-16 : Eight aircraft along HMNZS Canterbury (L421) and HMNZS Wellington (P55) ships deliver vital supplies of immediate aid and evacuate stranded tourists and residents

NH90 Supports New Zealand Earthquake Response, 13-Nov-16 : Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) 3 Squadron NH90 dispatched to support emergency management after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit North Canterbury

New Zealand NH90 Supporting Fiji Relief Operations, 04-Apr-16 : Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters are successfully performing in their first overseas mission during the Cyclone Winston relief operations in Fiji. Two deployed with HMNZS Canterbury

New Zealand Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15), 23-Nov-15 : More than 2,000 New Zealand Defence Force military personnel supported by an array of naval, land, and air assets took part of Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15)

RNZAF Helicopter Fleet Integrated in 3 Squadron, 18-Dec-14 : New Zealand Air Force Helicopter Transition Unit (HTU), responsible for the introduction into service of the NH90 and AW109, was merged into 3 Squadron replacing the UH-1H as RNZAF main helicopter.

Eight and final NH90 delivered to RNZAF, 30-Oct-14 : The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) received its eight and last NH90 helicopter at Base Ohakea.

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Units

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2011/now3 squadron Ohakea


Platform

Classes
L Canterbury class
AO Aotearoa class


Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    1177 2011     NZ3301: RNZAF, TNZA01 test serial F-ZWTU
Eurocopter France F-ZWTU: NHI/Eurocopter France for New Zealand
    1206 2011     NZ3302: RNZAF, TNZA02 test serial F-ZWDD
Eurocopter France F-ZWDD: NHI/Eurocopter toward NZ3302
    1207 2012     NZ3303: RNZAF, TNZA03 test serial F-ZWDO
Eurocopter France F-ZWDO: NHI/Eurocopter to NZ3303
    1208 2012     NZ3304: RNZAF, TNZA04 test serial F-ZWDR
Eurocopter France F-ZWDR: NHI/Eurocopter toward NZ3304
    1241     NZ3305: RNZAF
Eurocopter France F-ZWBC: NHI/Eurocopter toward NZ3305
    1229 2013     NZ3306: RNZAF, TNZA06 test serial F-ZWDV
Eurocopter France F-ZWDV: NHI/Eurocopter France, to NZ3306
    1265     NZ3307: RNZAF, TNZA07 test serial F-ZWBT, d/d Feb14
Eurocopter France F-ZWBT: NHI/Eurocopter
    1267     NZ3308: RNZAF, TNZA08
    1209     NZ3309: RNZAF, TNZA09 Feb14, for spares

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