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Australia, PNG sign Lombrum MoU

27th March 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Department of Defence and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a joint initiative at Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island, PNG.

The MoU will provide a framework for the two countries to work together to enhance the PNG Defence Force’s ability to protect its borders and maritime resources through a programme of mentoring, customised training, infrastructure development and shared facilities at the PNG Defence Force base.

Christopher Pyne, Australia’s Minister for Defence, said: ‘The Lombrum joint initiative will increase interoperability between our defence forces and provide greater opportunities for training and joint activities, as demonstrated by HMAS Choules’ recent visit to Lombrum naval base.

'Increased cooperation at the PNG Defence Force base in Manus Province is a natural extension of our longstanding and collaborative defence partnership.’

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