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DDF.DG - Defence Force Overview


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The DDF Logo (1975-present)



Service branches
Drongonian Army
Drongonian Navy
Drongonian Air Force

Headquarters Christchurch

Website ddf.dg


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Commander-in-chief
Rt Hon. Prime Minister William English II
Minister of Defence Harold Lee

Chief of Defence General Antonio Scott


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Military age 18 years of age

Available for 8,551,026 males, age 20 - 49
military service 8,761,989 females, age 20 - 49

Active personnel 150,000 (June 2019)

Reserve personnel 25,500 (June 2019)

Deployed personnel 12,200 (June 2019)


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Budget $45,000,000,000 2019/2020FY

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Foreign suppliers
United States
United Kingdom
New Caporia
South Africa


Drongonian Defence Force


Headquarters of the Drongonian Defence
Force (HQDDF) in Christchurch [2012]


The Drongonian Force consists of three services: the Drongonian Navy, the Drongonian Army and the Drongonian Air Force; and is commanded and headed by the Chief of Defence (CoD).

As of 2016 the Commander-in-Chief of the DDF, Bill English, Prime Minister of Drongonia, exercises power on the advice of the Minister of Defence, Harold Lee. General Antonio Scott took over as Chief of Defence on 1 July 2019. The DDF has announced that Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davis will serve as the next Vice Chief of Defence.

Drongonia's armed forces have four defence-policy objectives:

  • to defend Drongonia against medium to high-level threats

  • to contribute to regional security

  • to play a part in global security efforts

  • to contribute to the security of Drongonia's allies

Drongonia regards its own national defence needs as moderate, due to its geographical isolation and mostly positive relationships with neighbours. As of September 2019 the DDF had 12,200 personnel deployed overseas on operations and on UN missions in the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and the Middle East areas.

Contents

1 History of the armed services
1.1 Formation
1.2 Reduction in capacity
1.3 Revistalisation
1.4 Future objectives

2 Higher Direction of the armed services
2.1 Joint Forces Headquarters
2.2 Senior Officers

3 Branches
3.1 Navy
3.2 Army
3.3 Air Force

4 Foreign defence relations

History of the armed services

Formation
After the first attempted occupation of New Zealand territory in 1950 by separatist forces, the separatists decided that they required an organised, well-trained and well-equipped force to achieve their goal of military occupation of the South Island. One of the leading figures of the separatist movement, Richard Clark, flew to the United States where he met with military and intelligence chiefs to discuss the possibility of US assistance. Upon Clark's return, US Army and Navy specialists arrived in the then New Zealand territory and began training former militia men to become soldiers. The US specialists also armed the men with modern rifles, grenades, handguns and body armour.

The First Drongonian Regiment was the first group of soldiers deemed by the Americans to be ready for combat by US standards. The group of 1,000 men went on to take the Woodburne base of the New Zealand Defence Force which symbolised the rise of the seperatist movement. The commanders of this regiment would then go on to train two more regiments, being the Second and Third Drongonian Regiments respectively.

The Drongonian Border Security Battalion were the next group of soldiers to be trained, with the group of 650 men maintaining the integrity of the frontlines of the newly acquired Drongonian territory. However, as the separatist movement expanded its control of the South Island towards Christchurch, this battalion was disbanded and the men were integrated into general duties.

Reduction in capacity
After the formation of the Drongonian state in 1951, the Drongonian Defence Force maintained its wartime size for a period of ten years, to ward off any potential retaliation from New Zealand. However, in 1961 the (now revoked) Peace Act 1961 was passed, which guaranteed Drongonia's sovereignty and included a pledge from the Labour government of the day to reduce the force's capabilities strictly to defence and light combat.

Within the period of time between 1961 and 1971, the Drongonian Defence Force was stripped of manpower, facilities and financial allocation. This saw the overall manpower of the force reach its lowest level ever, with only 5,500 active personnel registered in the force in 1970. The budget also reached its lowest ever level in the same year, with the overall defence budget only accounting for 0.3% of the GDP.

Revitalisation
In 1971, David Jones' National Party won the general election and initiated a reform of the Defence Force. The funding for the force was immediately boosted to 1% of the nation's GDP, with subsequent increases of 0.05% per year until 1987, leaving the force with an annual budget of 1.8% of the national GDP by the time National left office in 1987.

During this growth period, personnel numbers increased dramatically, reaching 60,000 in 1986. In 1985, the force's core missions were changed from being oriented toward low-level defence and regional stability to taking a more proactive role in both its own defence and worldwide peacekeeping and combat efforts.

Future Efforts
The Chief of Defence, General Antonio Scott said in a July 2019 press conference that he envisions a future Drongonian Defence Force to consist of approximately 200,000 individuals and have an arsenal of futuristic weaponry which is unmatched by other non-allied nations. He regarded the DGEX-1 (Drongonian Exosuit 1) program as a resounding success, and announced that the exosuits would be available to 5,000 frontline personnel by December 2019 and 50,000 in 2021, with the desired 100,000 units expected to be ready for service by 2025.

Higher direction of the armed services

The headquarters of the DDF (HQDDF) is situated on Burke Street in North Christchurch and is home to around 2,500 employees of the DDF and senior members of the Ministry of Defence. It also serves as an auxiliary building for the members of the Drongonian Security Services Bureau (DSSB) and the Drongonian Intelligence Service (DIS). The building sits on a guarded complex which members of the public are not permitted entry to unless being accompanies by a sufficiently ranked staff member.

Joint forces headquarters
The operational forces of the three services are directed from Joint Command (and) Operations Drognonia opposite Lestham Military Camp in South Christchurch. HQ JCOD was established at Lestham on June 17, 1996. From this building, a former government computer centre that used to house the Drongonian ISP Telecom's central servers, the Air Component Commander, Maritime Component Commander, and Land Component Commander exercise command over their forces. Joint Command (and) Operations Drognonia (JCOD), controls all overseas operational deployments and most overseas exercises.

Senior officers

Service

Name

Title

Date role attained

Defence Force

Antonio Scott

Chief of Defence

July 2019

Defence Force

Tony Davis

Vice Chief of Defence

September 2019

Drongonian Navy

David Parker

Chief of Navy

August 2002

Drongonian Navy

Matt Wilkson

Vice Chief of Navy

March 2010

Drongonian Army

John Briggs

Chief of Army

February 2000

Drongonian Army

Evan Booth

Vice Chief of Army

March 2011

Drongonian Air Force

Andrew Christiansen

Chief of Air Force

June 2006

Drongonian Air Force

Christian Boswell

Vice Chief of Air Force

December 2012

Drongonian SAS

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Chief of SAS

May 2007

Branches


DGS Liberty in the Cook Strait with
RNZN ships [2015]


Navy
The Drongonian Navy has 25,000 full-time and 1,550 part-time sailors. As of January 2021, the Drongonian Navy possesses one hundred ships. These are made up of the following:
  • 5 Amphibious Assault Ships

  • 15 Attack Submarines

  • 9 Coastal Minehunters

  • 9 Destroyers (Guided Missiles)

  • 18 Frigates

  • 25 General Patrol Boats

  • 2 Landing Ships

  • 9 Survey Ships

  • 4 Supply Ships

  • 4 Support Ships

The Drongonian Navy has stated that is core mission is to "Protect Drongonia's waters and ensure our sovereignty on the sea." The navy often patrols the waters of its allies under shared defence agreements, as well as providing emergency disaster relief and humanitarian transport in times of natural disasters.

Another core function of the Drongonian Navy is to carry out the offshore protection of Drongonia's marine border, and remove illegal people smuggling vessels.


A Drongonian Army
LAV near Mt. Freyberg [2011]


Army
Drongonia's Army has 100,000 full-time and 5,000 part-time troops. They are organised as light infantry and motorised infantry equipped with a variety of vehicles such as Light Armoured Vehicles, transport vehicles, main battle tanks and more. Drongonia's Main Battle Tank is the British-built Challenger 2, of which it owns 50. There are also armoured reconnaissance, artillery, logistic, communications, medical and intelligence elements within the Drongonian Army. The Drongonian Special Air Service is the DDF's special forces capability, which operates in both conventional warfare and counter-terrorist roles. The Corps and Regiments of the Drongonian Army include:
  • Drongonian Infantry Regiment

  • Drongonian Armoured Corps

  • Royal Regiment of Drongonian Artillery

  • Corps of Drongonian Army Engineers

  • Drongonian Corps of Signals

  • Drongonian Army Logistic Regiment

  • Drongonian Army Medical Corps

  • Drongonian Army Nursing Corps

  • Drongonian Dental Corps

  • Corps of Drongonian Military Police

  • Drongonian Army Intelligence Corps

  • Drongonian Army Legal Services


A Drongonian Air Force
F-35 taking off during the
2019 Nelson Air Show [2019]


Air Force
The Drongonian Air Force has 25,000 full-time and 1,550 part-time airmen and airwomen. The DDF consists of 999 aircraft, made up of a range of craft including the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the General Dynamics F16, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, modified Boeing 767 and 787 transport craft, Bell OH-58 Kiowa and Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters, light trainer craft, stealth craft and bombers.

Foreign defence relations
Drongonia states that it maintains a policy which ensures it is able to "apply reasonable force in national, regional and global conflict situations", although critics maintain that the country has become too hostile and is focusing too much of its governmental resources on the country's defence force. Critics point out that the nations neighbouring Drongonia mostly share very positive trade, diplomatic and regional relations.

Drongonia created the DANNS (Drongonia, Aushweizland, New Caporia, Norcott, Soldeg) Security Partnership, which aims to share technological defence advancements as well as relevant intelligence information. The DANNS partnership is cited as bringing lasting peace and stability to the region during a time of conflict and strife. Drongonia is also a lifetime member of the Anglospheric Security Council which aims to mediate security and intelligence concerns within the Anglospheric Empire and the greater Pacific area.

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