By HELEN TARAWA
SECURITY operations for next year’s general election and the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting are on target, an official says.
Chief of Force Preparation Colonel Siale Francis Diro said preparations were progressing well.
“Our security preparations are on target, and certainly with the help from our international partners – the United State, Australia and New Zealand – preparations to provide security are on track,” he said.
He led a team of senior military officers from PNG, Australian and New Zealand to visit the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Pililaau which arrived in Port Moresby yesterday.
He told The National that it was a historic event to see the US Marines in the country.
“Our commander (Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo) is very happy with how things have progressed with the US Marines,” he said.
“This is the first exercise that our military police have been engaged in with international partners. So it’s also historic in that sense.
“Our Government has directed us to engage with the US, Australia and New Zealand as they are our key security partners for APEC.”
The visit by US navy ship is part of the training programme.
“It’s part of the programme for us to visit the ship, get to see what capability is onboard and how the marines are accommodated and how they are merged into the capability of the ship,” he said.
The US Marines trained the local military police at the Warrior camp in Goldie Barracks.
“The 73 military police officers are from every unit in PNGDF including Moem Barracks in Wewak, Igam Barracks in Lae and the Tarangau Lombrum in Manus.
“They are being trained on basic military police procedures regarding crowd control, search and basic.
By HELEN TARAWA