Analysis: New Zealand sharpens amphibious, HADR capabilities by honing joint task force ops


Key Points

  • New Zealand’s at-sea based JATF is designed to focus on peace support and HADR operations
  • Key lesson learned from recent operations and exercises is the need to continuously refine the C2 arrangements to support the JATF

New Zealand is continuing to develop the capabilities of its Joint Amphibious Task Force (JATF) to enable the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to better meet the increasing requirement to assist in peace support and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations overseas.

The RNZN has recently completed a number of modifications on HMNZS Canterbury, as part of a wider programme to improve the NZDF's amphibious capabilities. (Guy Toremans)The RNZN has recently completed a number of modifications on HMNZS Canterbury, as part of a wider programme to improve the NZDF’s amphibious capabilities. (Guy Toremans)

The purpose of the JATF is to transport and sustain NZDF elements at distance overseas, working independently or as part of a coalition.



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