CO LOGISTICS WING WGCDR PETE GRIFFIN
CO NO.6 SQUADRON LT CDR KEITH GILCHRIST
Log Wing, the ‘engine house’ of support to RNZAF military aerospace operations, had a successful year in 2005. With so much going on, with so many people across such a spectrum of trades and locations, it is humbling to sit back and reflect. Being a large part of the population of the RNZAF I’m certain most of you are aware of what we have been involved in, and reading across the other CO reports the Log Wing relationships are evident. Although challenged with significant manning shortfalls the servicemen, servicewomen and civilians of Log Wing continued to come up with ‘the goods’ in a professional and good-hearted manner reflecting the quality of the people we have across the RNZAF. We even managed to have a bit of fun; adventure training, individual and Squadron sports, social gatherings etc.
No. 6 Squadron has had a busy but rewarding 2005. Both HMNZ Ships TE KAHA and TE MANA flights embarked throughout the year for operations throughout Australasia and Asia. Of note, HMNZS TE MANA conducted a port visit to Vladivostok; she was the first NZ warship to visit Russia. Ashore, the unit has continued to train for its core role, and has been developing a NVG capability for the Seasprite. Once authorised for operational use, we will see a marked increase in the aircraft’s capability.
2005 was also a memorable year for those involved in embarked aviation. The year saw Naval Support Flight form an independent unit: No. 6 Squadron. Re-forming No. 6 Squadron recognized the divergence from No. 3 Squadron that has occurred and provides the new Squadron with a strong maritime heritage.
2006 looks to be a similar tempo of challenges with even more draw on our resources for things like JEMS, ILS activities, Batch Management, Upgrade Projects support, ACMBs, contract renewals, training needs, posting turmoil, DSI capital projects and a continuing review of how we deliver logistics capability. Billy Connolly’s humorous sound bite ending in ‘and be prepared because it’s all going to change!’ is not too far off the mark. It is the standard of the people involved and formalisation of the place of Logistics in the ‘bigger picture’ that continues to assure focus and energy on getting the job done. I am looking forward to continuing to work in this positive, productive and satisfying environment.
2005 also saw the end of the Navy’s LEANDER period with the decommissioning of HMNZS CANTERBURY; these ships held many memories for the ‘Waspies’.
2006 will see the Squadron continue to provide aviation assets to the RNZN with embarkations planned in both HMNZ Ships TE KAHA and TE MANA. Approaching rapidly is the arrival of the Project Protector ships, which will see the RNZN operating seven new ships. Of significance to No. 6 Squadron is the fact that three of these ships will be capable of embarking a Seasprite. We look forward to the challenge.
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CO FLYING TRAINING WING WGCDR RUSSELL KENNEDY
The pace of Flying Training in the RNZAF has continued unabated, with units working very hard throughout the year to ensure our aircrew continue to have the best possible skills, attitudes, and knowledge to fit them for the demanding flying and operational tasks they will face during their careers.
All in all, 2005 was a very successful year for Flying Training in the RNZAF, with a significant increase in the number of aircrew graduating from ab-initio and instructor courses. That Flying Training Wing has succeeded in these tasks is due to the huge efforts of our instructors and staff at Central Flying School, Pilot Training Squadron, No 42 Squadron, the School of Air Navigation in Australia, the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School in Winnipeg, and the RNZAF Survival School in Whenuapai.
This year (2006) will, no doubt, be another full year for our people as we continue to provide the Force Elements with trained and motivated military aircrew for the future RNZAF.
In December issue 66 we published a selection of CO reports. The following three reports are in addition to those. At the end of this year (2006) we will also invite Base COs to give a round up of Base activities during the year.
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