Australia and Papua New Guinea reached another milestone in the bilateral relationship with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Joint Initiative at Lombrum Naval Base.
FILE PHOTO: Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (MIRPC) staff board an Australian landing craft at Lombrum Naval Base, Manus Island. Photo by Sergeant W Guthrie.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the MoU was a significant step forward in the Lombrum Joint Initiative, which will increase interoperability between Australia’s and PNG’s defence forces and provide greater opportunities for training and joint activities, as demonstrated by HMAS Choules’ recent visit to Lombrum Naval Base.
“The joint initiative will enhance PNG Defence Force capability to protect its borders and maritime resources through a broad program of mentoring, tailored training, infrastructure development and shared facilities at the PNG Defence Force base,” Minister Pyne said.
“This MoU provides a broad framework to guide PNG and Australia’s cooperation under this initiative.
“Increased cooperation at the PNG Defence Force base in Manus Province is a natural extension of our longstanding and collaborative Defence partnership, and demonstrates the Australian government’s commitment to the ‘Pacific Step Up’.”
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