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June 24, 2021

PNGDF Force Support Battalion Commemorates Anniversary

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The Papua New Guinea Defence Force Support Battalion has celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a Parade at Murray Barracks Parade Ground in Port Moresby last Friday.

PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo and FSB Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kingley Wawada were present to witness the parade.

This ceremony dated back to the 16th Century when the British Colonialist Empire night guards return from battle to safety after sunset.

Embracing this tradition, the FSB conducted a parade to signify its name, ‘Force Support Battalion’ which was officially announced by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop on the November 21, 2008 after several name changes.

The sequence of the parade consisted of two guards, the PNGDF Ceremonial Company and the Force Support Company.

PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo inspected the parade followed by the Drum Corps Beat Retreat, and Pipes and Drum Beat Retreat as the parade advanced in slow time.

Commander Toropo when addressing the parade, commended this administrative unit and further urged soldiers to strive given limited resources.

He maintained that FSB is the custodian of Murray Barracks and must uphold military ethics at all times.

The ceremony was concluded with the lowering of the national flag.

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