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May 7, 2021

Papua New Guinea Defence Force Engage in Koa Moana

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Image: USNS Sacagawea. Photo: Military Sealift Command

By Daphne Rasehei – EMTV Online

Members of the United States Marines held a four-day training exercise at Taurama Barracks last week in a bilateral exchange with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Exercise Koa Moana, which is Hawaiian and means ‘Ocean Warrior’, is designed to improve interoperability and enhance military-to-military relations with partner nations.

52 soldiers from the Charlie and Support companies formed a team for the exercise, which aims to enhance soldiers skills with regard to combat and tactics during search and rescue operations, or during an ambush in urban emergencies.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), whom is also preparing 700 soldiers on international humanitarian law to prepare them for peacekeeping missions abroad, complimented the training with further lessons.

The training by ICRC comprised of topics such as persons protected in conflicts, the role of ICRC and principles applying to lawful conduct in hostilities.

Training the soldiers with in International Humanitarian Law will help them serve to the best of their ability if deployed to other countries.

With the new attained knowledge and skills, this should give a whole new perspective on how to better prepare the Papua New Guinea Defence Force for the 2018 APEC summit or peacekeeping missions abroad.

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