Australian Defence Force personnel aboard HMAS Tobruk have arrived in Papua New Guinea as part of a humanitarian mission alongside the United State’s ship, Vandegrift.
The US sponsored “Pacific Partnership 2010” program aims to strengthen the capacity of Pacific nations to deal with disasters such as the 2004 tsunami, as well as increase collaboration between neighbours such as Australian and Papua New Guinea.
Australian Head of Defence Staff PNG, Colonel Mark Shephard, said:
“Our two countries share a relationship strengthened by geographic proximity and historical links. From a Defence perspective we are committed to working closely with the PNG Defence Force to ensuring it is an effective, sustainable and professional force.
Australia’s participation in Pacific Partnership 2010 is a continuation of this work and both defence forces will benefit from the collaborative effort, and working with the US takes it to the next level.”
HMAS Tobruk arrived in Port Moresby on September 1st to pick up PNG Defence Force personnel and will then make its way to Rabaul. United States Ship Vandegrift will provide additional personnel and ship to shore logistics.