This Orion, which is part of the Maritime Patrol Force operated by No. 5 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, is on surveillance patrol in New Zealand's 200-nautical-mile (370-kilometre) exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Maritime Patrol Force consists of six Orions, aircraft that can fly over a range of 6,000 kilometres and stay airborne for up to eight hours. The Orions' tasks include monitoring international shipping, pleasure craft and foreign fishing boats. This surveillance provides information to help New Zealand control shipping and fisheries activities within the EEZ.
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