Iraq-bound NZ soldiers in Aussie

WELLINGTON – Preparations for New Zealand’s military mission in Iraq are picking up with the departure of about 120 personnel to Australia.

They’re going on a three-day training exercise at Enoggera camp near Brisbane intended to demonstrate to their commanders that they’re ready to be deployed.

New Zealand’s Defence Force announced the mission readiness exercise on Tuesday.

It said those travelling included trainers, health, logistics and force protection personnel as well as headquarters staff.

Some have previously trained in Australia.

It was confirmed last week that about 60 of the 143 personnel the government has committed to sending to Iraq had been there and had returned for Easter.

“The three-day camp at Enoggera will include a series of scenarios designed to ensure the trainers in the building partner capacity mission are ready, and to demonstrate to their senior commanders that they are fully prepared for the tasks and environment they will face in Iraq,” the Defence Force said.

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