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PNG Defence Force Officers to take Pilot Training in New Zealand

By Gaile Kivali – DWU Journalism Student

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force will send three officers to New Zealand, for pilot training.

PNGDF Chief of Staff, Colonel Raymond Numa, says this would be the first batch to take on this program.

This project is part of the New Zealand Defence Force’s assistance to the PNGDF.

Three officers; Second Lieutenant Artte Amatya, Second Lieutenant Cameron Hosea, and Second Lieutenant, Kispe Nerre, will depart tomorrow to undertake the pilot training project.

The program costs near K500,000 for each individual.

Being an expensive exercise, Colonel Numa challenged them to be good ambassadors for PNG during their stay in New Zealand.

During the farewell, the three candidates signed their return commitments.

The agreement states that a minimum of six years of service should be given back to the state when they return from their training, before taking another career paths.

Acting Director of Air Preparations, Lieutenant Eddie Miro, said two other officers will join these officer’s in two weeks time.

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