Australia Navy

Australian base in PNG would be of little benefit - academic

The government is said to be in talks with PNG to establish a joint naval base.

While Canberra has not confirmed the plans, it has commissioned a US$3 million infrastructure upgrade at PNG's Lombrum naval base on Manus Island.

PNG's defence minister is also reported as saying talks are underway.

Massey University's Anna Powles said Australia seems to be wanting to increase its military presence in the region.