Yes helicopters at least 8 flew over Whanganui last night …
Ben Vidge DEADLINE Gazette.
Those wondering about seeing military helicopters flying over Whanganui tonight your not imagining things. Your witnessing Exercise Black Diamond 19. This is the precursor to Exercise Sari Bair 19 which takes pace in September, in which “all Army units will gather for a combined arms training exercise in the central North Island”.
Multiple units from the New Zealand, United States Army, US Marines, Australian and British armies, converged on the military training area in Waiouru for Exercise Black Diamond (about 100 troops).
The senior exercise is named after the Battle of Sari Bair (Turkish: Sarı Bayır Harekâtı), also known as the August Offensive (peak season for operation in the Middle East).
It is general mid level war prepration exercise which is part of the endurance training armies uder take when preparing for an offensive style operation. If the American component is any thing to go by…
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