Remember the No5. squadron

Update: 5:21PM THE ROYAL New Zealand Chief of Defence Force and Air Vice-Marshal, Kevin Short says it is vital to acknowledge and observe the No.5 squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force that was formed in November 1941 in Fiji.

Mr Short is currently in the country with Veterans and NZDF Personnel who arrived at the Nausori International Airport earlier this morning to be part of the unveiling of the Laucala Bay monument at the University of the South Pacific.

“It is a very important occasion as it acknowledges two things; one is the time here with No. 5 Squadron and the flying birds from the 1941 through to 1967 and that is worth celebrating because it forged a really close bond with the Fijians and Fijians Defence Force and also it acknowledges the support we have given to the University of the South Pacific,” he said.

The No. 5 Squadron was first formed at Laucala Bay with the station of flying boats, but it still operates today with P3 Orion aircraft.

In his early career VCDF was employed by no. 5 Squadron, completing duties as a navigator, tactical coordinator and aircraft captain, accumulating almost 5000 hours primarily on the Orion aircraft.