By Shane Saroya – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The annual Papua New Guinea Defence Force skill at arms meet (SAAM) was completed at the Goldie River Training Depot shooting range earlier this week.
Based on individual performances, a 10-man train on squad was selected at the end of the competition and announced by Force Preparation Commander in Chief Col Siale Diro at the closing on Wednesday evening.
The train-on team will then go into a month’s intensive training in preparation for the annual Australian skill at arms meet (ASAAM) in Melbourne in May.
The participating teams came from various units around the country including First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (1RPIR) from Taurama, 2RPIR from Moem, Wewak, the Force Support Battalion (FSB), Murray Barracks, Air Transport wing division HMAS Taragau Naval Base Manus and the Goldie River training depot.
The shooters compete in range practices over two weeks, firing from different positions using different techniques in deliberate, rapid, snap and moving target practices from ranges of 100m, 200m and 300m.
The Long Range Reconnaissance Unit was the top performing team out on the range.
Col. Diro said shooting is an individual skill that is developed over time with constant practice and realistic training in order to perfect it.