New Zealand, US to hold joint military exercise

 New Zealand and the US will conduct a month-long joint military exercise next month to test their deployment agility.

Wellington: New Zealand and the US will conduct a month-long joint military exercise next month to test their deployment agility.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Tuesday said that its army and air force would stage Exercise Kiwi Koru, which is held every two years, with the US Marine Forces Pacific and the US Army Pacific in the western Taranaki province, Xinhua reported.

The exercise would involve light armoured vehicles, infantry, artillery, signals and combat service support personnel, such as medical and logistics.

"It`s an opportunity to test what we know, how we work and how we work with our international partners too," Colonel Nick Gillard of the New Zealand Army, said in a statement.

"New Zealand regularly conducts training with international partners such as the US and Australia."

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