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May 9, 2021

PNG Defence Special Force Prepare for 2018 APEC Summit

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In preparation for the 2018 APEC Summit, the PNG Defence Special Forces demonstrated their ‘closed door’ battle skills to dignitaries at the Sir John Guise Stadium today.

The Long Range Reconnaissance Unit (LRRU) displayed their capabilities of when emergency action is needed in situations such as a terrorist attack or a hostage situation.

Despite their capabilities, they were challenged with shortages of equipment and military gear.

It was a demonstration of a ‘Full Mission Profile’ that was undertaken three months ago.

The unit completed the training and came away with developed skills in close quarter battle scenarios, methods of entry and marksmanship. Selected members also participated in driving, medical and command and control training.

Since 2014, other forces have trained PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) soldiers, but this year, they took ownership of it themselves.

Today, dignitaries from PNGDF headquarters, the Australian Federal Police, Correctional Services and Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces witnessed the emergency action by the unit’s ground base assault force to rescue VIP’s in a hostage situation involving terrorists.

The demonstration showed how VIP’s were taken as hostages and were brought in to a building, where terrorists gave their demands and negotiations took place with PNG authorities.

In the event that the negotiation is unsuccessful, the unit then responds to the holding area to execute the emergency action.

Those that participated have also been training for a high level of physical fitness and mental health.

They have been training for the past two years and will continue up until the 2018 APEC meeting.

They are looking forward to achieving their initial operating capabilities to an advance level.

Come 2018, they will be ready.

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