Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Chief of Australian Defence Force arrives in Papua New Guinea

The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO DSC, has arrived today in Papua New Guinea to commence a two-day visit program.

The visit will include the opening of a refurbished accommodation block at Taurama Barracks, and meetings with Papua New Guinea the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister John Rosso MP, the Honourable Defence Minister Win Daki MP, Major General Mark Goina DMS CBE, and Defence Secretary John Akipe.

“I am pleased to be back in Papua New Guinea and look forward to spending more time with Major General Goina. The close partnership between our nations continues to grow, rich with history and based on the close ties between our people,” said General Campbell.

Australia and Papua New Guinea share a close defence partnership.  Hundreds of Australian Defence Force and Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel continue to train, exercise and operate alongside one another every year.

Australia and Papua New Guinea are working together through the Defence Cooperation Program to meet Papua New Guinea’s defence and security priorities. This includes strengthening Papua New Guinea’s sovereign defence capabilities, including infrastructure, maritime and aviation capabilities.


Deputy Chief of PNG Defence Force, Commodore Philip Polewara receiving General Campbell upon arrival at Murray Barracks.

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