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An NZDF Seasprite helicopter flew two GNS Science representatives to Green Lake, one of two crater lakes on Raoul Island, to upgrade the lake level recorders, check the volcano and crater lake for geothermal activity and repair the seismic station there.

The New Zealand Defence Force has just completed a mission to the remote Kermadec Islands, where it supported vital scientific work including the upgrade of New Zealand’s first line of defence against tsunamis.

The mission, carried out by the Royal New Zealand Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Otago and one of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s newly acquired Seasprite helicopters, provided logistics support to the Department of Conservation, MetService and GNS Science. It marked the SH-2G(I) Seasprite’s first operational mission with an OPV.

NZDF support vital to scientific work in Kermadecs

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