Handover Takeover Parade

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The Force Support Battalion at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby held a handover takeover parade yesterday to welcome its new Commanding Officer.

In a ceremonial address, incoming Commanding Officer, Major Kingsley Wawada, officially took over from outgoing Commander Lieutenant, Colonel Francis Kari.

Soldiers paraded in full military outfit leading the entrants to the stage at the Murray Barracks Parade Ground.

The parade sequences included a march on with officers falling in with inspection prior to the arrival of the outgoing and incoming commanding officers.

The exchanging of the ceremonial rapier, or sword, signified the official handover takeover.

Lieutenant Colonel Kari in his final remarks said commanding Force Support Battalion, located in the heart of the city, is a huge challenge.

He said he has given his best through thick and thin to lead his men and urged his successor to do the same.

Major Wawada commended Lieutenant Colonel Kari’s leadership for the last two years.

He also challenged soldiers to embrace and abide by military ethics.

In addition, Colonel Kari was promoted to Director of Other Ranks, and 10 corporals were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.


Eric Haurupma

studied at the University of Papua New Guinea graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. His main areas of expertise within EMTV are the courts, crime and the environment.

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