Papua New Guinea Defence Force

Friendship formed at sea

The officers and sailors joined the ship for the passage between the PNG capital of Port Moresby to the Lombrum Naval Base, HMPNGS Tarangau, in Manus Province.

Throughout the transit, the group had the opportunity to gain some valuable life at sea experiences including ship tours, safety equipment demonstrations and an aviation familiarisation with the ships embarked MRH90 helicopter.

They not only got to experience a flight in the aircraft; but were also afforded the opportunity to be winched back down to the flight deck.

APEC: PNGDF set to work with police

“We are ready, quietly but surely, let there be no doubt, that the Papua New Guinea Defence Force is truly ready and we are capable of supporting the police and other line security agencies in supporting the overall security effort to deliver the APEC,” says Chief of Joint Operations, Col. Esekia Wenzel.

The Special Forces is ready, with two battalions stationed at the borders as well as conduct searches of security threat.

Col Numa hands over CoS post

Those were the words of retired and outgoing Chief of Staff, 87235 Colonel Raymond Numa after serving 41 years in the PNGDF.

In a small but significant handover takeover ceremony yesterday, Colonel Numa thanked the PNGDF saying it was a privilege to be serving the country amongst some of the best in the military line of work.

Col Numa challenged the new chief of staff (CoS) of the mammoth workload and task that lie ahead, adding that he was confident of the new CoS’ ability to carry on the task from where he left off.

70 soldiers deployed to disaster provinces

The troops are from the First Royal Pacific Island Regiment at Taurama.

Yesterday they were flown out by the Australian Hercules C130 from the PNGDF Air Transport Wing at Jackson’s International Airport

On their way to the two disaster provinces, the first 35 troops were inserted into Hela from Komo airport while the next 35 troops bound for Southern Highlands have been inserted from Hagen.

They will be traveling by road to Southern Highlands from Mt Hagen.

Among the troops that were deployed are 10 specialist combat military trained medical personnel.

Disaster committee formed in Mt Hagen

The working group involves members of the national and provincial disaster office, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Australian Defence Force, Ipili Pogera Investment (IPI), PNG Red Cross, MAF and other non-government organisations.

Chaired by Papua New Guinea Defence Force Joint Task Force Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Immanuel Todick, a workable solution had been reached in which IPI transport in Mt Hagen has offered their transport yard to be use as a storage facility.

Agarobe warns new soldiers

While congratulating the new recruits, Central Governor Robert Agarobe, who was the guest speaker, reminded them that this is not the end of their training and warned of disciplinary actions for new recruits.

Marching out to the parade ground for the last time, this is the second batch of new recruits for 2017.

They first entered the Military Training Depot on the 6th of November 2017 as civilians.

PNGDF aircraft grounded indefinitely: Diro

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force’s lone medium range twin engine aircraft, CASA CN 235-100M is still undergoing maintenance and will be grounded for an indefinite period.

Confirmed by PNGDF Chief of Force Preparation, Colonel Siale Diro yesterday, the aircraft will remain grounded as it goes through a thorough prerequisite check.

“CASA is currently going through a maintenance requirement check,” he said.

Colonel Diro said they are in liaison and close consultation with CASA PNG to make unsurpassed efforts to have CASA operational as soon as possible.

PNGDF communication boosted

The communications equipment will enhance the conduct of PNGDF training and operations with APEC 2018 being an obvious near term focus, all the while assisting with the rejuvenation and capacity development of PNGDF capability as a long term objective.

PNGDF Chief of Force Preparations, Colonel Siale Diro, said this is a game changer for PNGDF.

The communication equipment are inclusive of;

PNGDF CASA grounded

PNG Defence Force Commander, Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo, confirmed this, saying: “Payments have been made to order the parts of the gear box from overseas.”

The Commander however, did not give a response to how much it would cost to have the propeller gear box (PGB) fully serviced.

According to the Accident Investigation Commission (AIC), the aircraft sustained an engine failure on 13th July 2016 during a flight from Telefomin to Vanimo, Sandaun Province, necessitating the removal of the right engine PGB at Vanimo Aerodrome. 

White paper on hold until budget improves

Under the current circumstances, where commodity prices are being affected by the world market, the PNGDF have aligned their priorities to make sure their core activities, such as border patrol, response to national disasters, maritime surveillance, response to internal security issues and preparations for APEC Leaders’ Summit, are given precedence.

The 2013 white paper is a 76-page document that outlines key and main focus areas to help build new capabilities, which also requires huge funding and commitments.