Each year the Defence Force provides support to Antarctica NZ and the US Antarctic Programme over the summer season (October to March).

New Zealand, the United States and Italy share resources by operating a Joint Logistics Pool out of Christchurch in support of their respective Antarctic programmes.

The NZDF provides approximately six C-130 Hercules flights and four Boeing 757 flights (weather dependant) but also support to Terminal Operations at Harewood (Christchurch International Airport) and McMurdo (load and passenger processing, fuel delivery, ship off-load teams), light engineering teams for Scott Base, and Scott Base support personnel (plant operators, cargo handlers, communications & administration staff). Up to 220 personnel are typically involved in this support in a season.  When it comes into service, the NZDF’s new ice-strengthened naval tanker will provide further support activities to Antarctica.

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This page was last reviewed on 21 June 2018, and is current.