By Skola Sengi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
With the influx of over 4,000 athletes and officials, and huge scores of crowd expected during the Pacific Games, the PNG Defence Force has assembled the Long Range Recon Unit.
After completing a 6-week training program, the Long Range Recon unit will be engaged to tackle hostile situations that may arise during the games.
This follows the memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year between the PNG Defence Force and 2015 Pacific Games Committee.
30 personnel from the Long Range Recon Unit demonstrated the completion of an intense 6-week training program for the PNG Defence Force today in Port Moresby.
Under the Defence Corporation Regiments, Mutual Assistant Training Program, between the PNG Defence Force, Australian Defence Force and New Zealand Defence Force, the Long Range Recon unit is assembled to tackle the influx of crowd capacity that will be endured during the Pacific Games.
The training program equips PNGDF personnel in covering areas of approach and engaging in environments, and planning in hostile situations in an urban terrain.
Although the PNGDF have been working through skeleton funding over the years, military ties have played a major role in sourcing such training to better equip defence force personnel.
Over 4,000 athletes and officials are expected to participate during the Pacific Games in July, and will impose a number of challenges of traffic and crowd control and unpredictable situations.
Under the MoU signed earlier this year, 300 PNGDF personnel will be deployed to ensure security and safety throughout the games.