Landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide and Armidale-class patrol boats HMA Ships Larrakia and Glenelg and about 1500 ADF personnel are in Port Moresby to support Papua New Guinea’s security agencies for APEC 2018.
CAPTION: Royal Australian Navy landing craft unload marker buoys at HMPNG Basilisk Naval Base, Port Moresby, in support of APEC. Photo by Able Seaman Kieran Whiteley.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said Australia was providing maritime security support as part of a broader package of security support for APEC.
“The safety and security of the maritime environment surrounding Port Moresby will be critical during Leaders’ Week” Minister Pyne said.
“Australia is pleased to enhance PNG’s maritime security arrangements for APEC by providing these capabilities,.
“This support is a clear demonstration of Australia’s close and longstanding defence relationship with PNG and the interoperability our defence forces have developed over a number of decades.”
Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett said the ADF stood ready to respond to security tasks if requested by PNG’s Joint Security Task Force.
“The Joint Security Task Force continues to demonstrate it is well prepared to handle all security arrangements for Leaders’ Week,” Senator Fawcett said.
“This is another example of genuine teamwork from a wide range of PNG agencies and the Australian Defence Force.”
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