ANZAC birds caged ahead of new storm for Fiji

Fiji is bracing for yet another tropical storm – Tropical Cyclone Zena – heading for the island nation by the end of this week.

Already dealing from the after affects of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the new storm could add extra misery to the already battered islands.

2015 Yearbook on sale nowAnd, of course, Australian and New Zealand service men and women still in Fiji helping with the Winston cleanup, now have to prepare to weather Zena’s fury too.

Among them are two New Zealand Air Force NH90s and four Australian Defence Force MHR90s, their crews and maintenance peeps.

With blades folded and packed away as Tropical Cyclone Zena approaches Fiji, the six big birds actually fit snugly into one hangar.

Once the doors are closed, containers will be moved up to further protect the precious assets – precious not just for their financial value, but precious for the value they have already delivered to TC Winston-recovery efforts – and precious for the value they may yet be called upon to deliver anew.

Once Zena passes, it will take 45 minutes to take the birds from folded to flying state, although in this case it will take extra time to remove the protective containers and let the birds out of their cage again.

We wish all our ANZAC service men and women safe passage through this new storm.

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Brian Hartigan

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