New Battle Training Facility for SAS

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) new Battle Training Facility (BTF) was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, Rt Honourable John Key at a ceremony in Auckland. The BTF includes facilities for all-weather training, live firing, use of helicopters, and scenario training based on specific environments and structures such as, aircraft fuselages, ship’s bridges, and public transport.

Photo/ Supplied NZDF

The Army has opened their new Battle Training Facility for the SAS.

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) new Battle Training Facility (BTF) was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, Rt Honourable John Key at a ceremony in Auckland.

The $46 million modern purpose-built facility in Ardmore took two years to build and replaces outdated and obsolete training facilities for Special Air Service (SAS) personnel in Papakura.

It includes facilities for all-weather training, live firing, use of helicopters, and scenario training based on specific environments and structures such as, aircraft fuselages, ship’s bridges, and public transport.

In the previous facilities SAS personnel could not fire their primary operational weapons, however the new BTF allows for live firing and up to advanced full-mission rehearsals.  

Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, said the BTF will primarily be used by the SAS; however it is an important resource for the whole of NZDF.

“As a Defence Force our primary role is to protect our nation therefore we need to be equipped to succeed. This means providing our men and women with the means and equipment to do their job in an effective, efficient, and safe manner,” said LTGEN Keating.

“Security threats have become more complex, so it’s vital the NZDF have modern facilities to train SAS personnel who are required to operate in high risk and complex environments.”

The BTF will also be used by other government agencies with a security role, including the NZ Police Special Tactics Group.

“This is a capability that is of significant benefit to the whole of the NZDF and it is futureproofed in its design and built to a world class standard.”

The Papakura Base will still remain in use by the SAS.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) new Battle Training Facility (BTF) was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, Rt Honourable John Key at a ceremony in Auckland. The BTF includes facilities for all-weather training, live firing, use of helicopters, and scenario training based on specific environments and structures such as, aircraft fuselages, ship’s bridges, and public transport.

Photo/ Supplied NZDF

It’s just a shame that Fairfax couldn’t get their facts straight…using a photo of Australian troops, in Australian Army camouflage, carrying Australian weapons, with Australian flags on their shoulder, none of whom are NZSAS.

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– NZDF, Fairfax


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