Aust defence chief signals more help

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The National, Monday August 5th, 2013


Australian chief of defence Gen David Hurley wants to help the PNG Defence Force improve the quality of life and the standard of training for its soldiers.

Gen Hurley said Australia had invested more money on training for PNG soldiers in the past two years and would continue to lend support as long as the PNGDF complemented that effort.

“It is a two-way thing. I will help but the PNGDF commander here must also assist,” he said.

“I will send commanders and NCOs (non-commissioned officers) here under the bilateral programme to ensure you have good quality accommodation and working environment and help build your capability.

“I also acknowledge your contributions, especially in the border patrols and up in the Highlands in support of your government. 

“That’s what a good soldier is all about and I commend you all for your effort.”

Hurley arrived in the country last Thursday and met PNGDF Commander Francis Agwi and Defence Secretary John Porti in Port Moresby to discuss defence cooperation programmes.

At Wewak, he visited the barracks and was later taken on a helicopter tour of the province before returning to Australia via Port Moresby in the afternoon.