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The $46 million modern purpose-built facility in Ardmore took two years to build and replaces outdated and obsolete training facilities for Special Air Service (SAS) personnel in Papakura.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

    Nice one Fairax, a story about a NZ SAS facility with a photo of Australian Soldiers. Quite apart from the flag on the sleeve, the AusCam pattern fatigues should have been a giveaway for a journalist…trained and skilled. I could understand a stock file photo being used, but it would be nice if the right country’s soldiers were portrayed.

  • Gazza

    ……and Gerry was there!

    • Dumrse

      He didnt show alot of interest. Whats the betting he was wondering if they have a new pie shop.

      • biscuit barrel

        Im assuming this project was started under the previous minister Coleman. He seems to be a firecracker in any portfolio he holds.
        Jerry should stick to the Christchurch rebuild, as that hasnt gone well

    • Red_NZ

      yeah saw him on the news last night looking bored…. but at least he’s been there now

  • Korau

    It was nice to see the Prime Minister, Rt Honourable John Key properly named. Then I realised that this was a verbatim NZDF press release.

  • johcar

    I think it’s a good thing that Fairfax have done their usual in this case.

    Why would we want our special forces photographed so they could potentially be identified as SAS if captured??

    • Isherman

      True enough, but there are plenty of ways and options to include a pic that does not make anyone identifiable I’d suggest, and it wouldn’t even have to be SAS members specifically, just NZDF would have been fine.

      • Old Dig

        They could have shown them in counter terrorist kit with gasmasks. Then it wouldn’t matter if they showed Aussies or even Brits, they all wear the same gear.

  • Uncle Bully

    Have Labour and the Greens complained about this yet? I’m not sure what they’d complain about, but it would be a particularly unusual occurrence if they didn’t find something to launch an inquiry into….

    • Woody

      There are numerous opportunities for complaint, it probably should have been a better facility and at the same time only cost 25% of the actual cost, then there is the issue of not being allowed access as and when they wanted. I think that such access should be granted, it is after all a live firing facility.

    • Red_NZ

      the explosion when it opened caused visual, air and noise pollution and cost money that could have been spent bringing children out of poverty…… that should be enough to get them started

    • Old Dig

      The Greens will complain about anything to do with the military.

    • MarcWills

      They could complain about the mix up with mistaking the NZ and Australian flags – maybe they will suggest a flag change …no? …too soon?

  • Hard1

    The Left Dishonorable will demand immediate access.

  • oldmanNZ

    well, John Key did say the Aussie flag looks like NZ flag.
    Maybe Journolist should encourage a flag change

    • Ruahine

      It does to some people and now we which people. Stupid people.

      • Old Dig

        Yeah it’s an easy mistake to make if you’re lacking eyes and a functioning brain.

  • Teletubby

    If only we had changed our flag this never would have happened ;)

    • Backdoor

      Shhh…The SAS are in camouflage. They are pretending to be Aussie soldiers.

    • Old Dig

      If only journalists weren’t lazy then this never would have happened ;)

  • Teletubby

    I see the price also escalated from $46 million in the headline to $64 million in the caption on the photo.

    • KatB

      That’s inflation for you.

  • Old Dig

    This facility will be a great asset for the NZDF, it’s good to hear that they are still getting some love from the government. I am still saddened by the news that Waiouru camp is getting shut down though. For us old soldiers, Waiouru was a home away from home and like sacred ground.

  • biscuit barrel

    From just looking in aerial photos, the site seems to be a previous rifle range in the hills behind Ardmore.

    And while on topic of army, the Army news has a story about relief work in Fiji. The picture shows some of our guys with carpenters type tool belts carrying sheets corrugated iron , while in the background fijian soldiers are learning on balcony of place being re roofed.
    Wheres the locals doing labouring type jobs for these things. It sticks in my caw when our trained people only get marginal help from the countries they are sent for ‘reconstruction’. Fiji has a bigger number of soldiers than we have and t for them to be bystanders just shows their attitudes

  • zotaccore

    All Fairfax had to do was look at the flag on the Ozzie soldiers DPM. Well, I guess it does look similar to our flag doesn’t it. Had the chance to fix that didn’t we.

  • WBC

    Quite aside from the fact that the media are talentless, a fact that we can simply take for granted. It is great to see our soldiers getting the facilities they need to keep doing the job they quietly go about doing while the self indulgent public guffaws whenever the Defence Force is mentioned.
    The hippies and the typically violent peace activists can continue doing their thing protesting against these soldiers while the soldiers continue to ensure that those same wasters have the ability to do so. One of these two group is on the right side of integrity.

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