Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH Industries NH90 Helicopters Photographed at Camp Rocky near Rockhampton Airport - Plus RNZAF B757-200 NZ7572 "Kiwi 009" Finally Departs!

During the late afternoon on Tuesday 16 July, two of the three Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH Industries NH90 helicopters were photographed arriving into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.

Local plane spotter Daniel B captured some great photos as (what looks to be) NZ3306 and NZ3308 landed at Camp Rocky after flying in from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  The two NH-90s were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Warrior".

The third NH90 that came to Australia to participate in the joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19) - serial NZ3302 - was again not sighted.

All three NH90s are flown by the RNZAF's Number 3 Squadron based at RNZAF Base Ohakea near Palmerston North in New Zealand.  As posted below, they all arrived on board the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury at the Gladstone Port recently.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 16 July, the visiting RNZAF Boeing B757-2K2 NZ7572 "Kiwi 009" finally departed Rockhampton Airport following a maintenance issue.  Local media reported a hydraulic failure and possible leak.  It looked to depart to RNZAF Base Auckland-Whenuapai having had arrived into Rockhampton Airport back on Monday 8 July from RNZAF Base Ohakea.

B757-200 NZ7572 arriving into Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Daniel B who was at the right place at the right time and for sharing these great photos!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and Scott Harris  ©

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