CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

U.S. troops to take part in New Zealand drill

04-10-2012 15:17 BJT

WELLINGTON, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Almost 80 U.S. troops are to join New Zealand forces in a military exercise to be held in New Zealand's central North Island later this month, the New Zealand government announced Tuesday.

Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman said 35 U.S. Marines and 41 U.S. Army personnel would participate alongside New Zealand forces in Exercise Alam Halfa.

The U.S. personnel would join members of the New Zealand Army's 1st Brigade, said Coleman in a statement.

"This cooperation builds on a pattern of exercises involving New Zealand and U.S. personnel since the signing of the Wellington Declaration in November 2010," said Coleman.

Exercise Alam Halfa would begin in Linton, a New Zealand Army base near the city of Palmerston North, and in the east coast city of Napier on April 26 and finish on May 6.

The statement gave no other details of the drill.

The Wellington Declaration, signed in November 2010 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, outlines a "strategic partnership" between the two countries and marked an improvement in relations, which deteriorated in the 1980s when the New Zealand government banned visits by nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed ships.

The declaration is based on cooperation in the Pacific region and greater dialogue between political and military leaders.

The military exercise is named after a decisive battle fought in the desert of North Africa during World War II, when Allied forces, including the 2nd New Zealand Division, fought off an advance by German and Italian troops in 1942.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program