Contemporary Operating Environment

Our Stories: The ADF On Operations - Series One Episode Four: NZDF Senior Officer and ANZAC Integration

By The Cove October 17, 2017


Task Group Taji is a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel that first deployed to Iraq in May 2015 at the request of the Iraqi Government. Its mission, led by Joint Task Force 633, is to build partner capacity by training Iraqi Security Forces and performing an advise and assist role as part of international coalition efforts to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. The fourth rotation - Task Group Taji IV - deployed to Iraq from November 2016 to June 2017 as part of Australia's Operation OKRA and New Zealand's Operation MANAWA. In series one, we follow members of Task Group Taji IV through their mission specific training in Darwin in October 2016, as they prepare to deploy. In episode four, the New Zealand Defence Force contingent performs a Haka on arrival in Darwin and Task Group Taji IV becomes a fully integrated ANZAC force.  


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