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July 3, 2022

New Zealand Army Supports PNGDF

The New Zealand military continues to support the PNG Defence Force.

Through Mutual Benefit arrangements, PNG Defence Force Soldiers have received much needed training for army, navy and air force. For this year’s training, PNG Defence Force wants the New Zealand army, to consider engineering challenges.


Papua New Guinea’s geographical challenges have made it difficult to construct roads. Therefore, the government is determined to utilize PNG Defence Force Soldiers, to do so.


They, in turn, want to involve soldiers from the New Zealand Army through the established relationship between both countries.


This was brought to the attention of visiting New Zealand Defence Force, Chief Lieutenant General, Tim Keating, when he visited his counterpart, PNG Defence Force Commander Brigadier General, Colonel Albert Toropo recently.


General Tim Keating is not a first timer to the country, nor to the PNG Defence Force, having served as the Platoon Commander at Taurama, and Moem Barracks during his young days under the PNG Defence Force, and New Zealand Army Exchange Program.


The PNG Defence Force Soldiers have participated in training programs both for land and sea element, with special emphasis on Basic Officer Training and Land Training, were both troops either combine and train here in PNG, or New Zealand.


Currently under the PNG Defence Force and New Zealand Defence Force Mutual Partnership Program, there are 4 Cadet Officers, and two Naval Officers studying at various training Centre’s in Auckland, and other parts of New Zealand. Other Senior Management courses, and specialists Training are also offered in New Zealand every year.


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