Aussie GG touches down in PNG

​Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, arrived in PNG today as part the ANZAC Day commemorative celebrations and mark the 75th Anniversary of the World War II campaigns in PNG.

The official carrier, The Royal Australian Airforce, touched down at 10:55am at the Jacksons International Airport to the welcome of a PNG Defence Force Guard of Honour and Royal PNG Constabulary Band.

At 11:02 am Governor-General Cosgrove disembarked and was greeted by Chief Protocol Officer, Morea Veratau, Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, and Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm.

PNG Defence Force Commander, Gilbert Toropo, received Cosgrove before the Guard which the Australian Governor-General inspected as part of the ceremonial welcome and formalities.

At 11:13 am Cosgrove left the airport e route to meet PNG Governor general Bob Dadae.

The Australian Governor-General will attend Anzac Day events which include the Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery tomorrow, the Anzac Day Ceremony at the Isurava Memorial in Oro Province, and a commemorative service at Kokoda Station.

He will also visit Alotau Province to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay before leaving PNG.


Picture: Sir Peter Cosgrove inspects a Guard of Honour on arrival at the Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby. Picture by Cedric Patjole