PLA Navy Training Ship Qi Jiguang Begins Second Training Cruise

September 23, 2019 – Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (sometimes translated as Qi Zhiguang), carrying 517 sailors and cadets, left a military port in Dalian for ocean-going training at 10 a.m. on September 20. Qi Jiguang ship will visit a number of Asia-Pacific countries including Brunei, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. This is the second ocean-going training mission of the ship since it was commissioned. Rear Admiral Yu Wenbing, political commissar of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, serves as the commanding officer of the mission,…

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Surveying Dampier Strait With Determination

September 18, 2019 – As part of the Royal Australian Navy’s ongoing commitment to its historically strong partnership with its regional neighbor Papua New Guinea, a number of Hydrographic Surveying vessels have been deployed to improve charting accuracy in the region. Hydrographic vessels, namely Her Majesty’s Australian Ships Melville, Benalla and Shepparton, have been working collaboratively and ‘with determination’, to conduct in-shore and sea-lane passage sounding to improve charting in the area for the benefit local stakeholders. The survey area of operations is situated within the Dampier Strait and Bismarck…

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Enhanced Regional Engagement, PNG – HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma

July 14, 2019 – The crews of Royal Australian Navy survey motor launches HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma have been busy enhancing an important regional relationship during a recent port visit to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The two sister ships made their four-day port visit to Simpson Harbour as part of Australia’s Enhanced Regional Engagement program. Commanding Officers of both ships began by visiting the Rabaul cenotaph to pay respects to the fallen before meeting with the cenotaph’s curator. A working bee the following morning saw both Ship’s Companies eagerly…

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New PNG Patrol Boat Ready to Serve

December 23, 2018 – One week after being handed over from Australia to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, NUSHIP Ted Diro has passed its initial sea-readiness evaluation with support from Navy’s Sea Training Unit – Defence Cooperation Program. Commander Sea Training Defence Cooperation Program, Captain John Cowan, said Ted Diro’s ship’s company had been put through a comprehensive training program that culminated in a whole ship evaluation before sailing for Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea via Darwin. “The training has specifically focused on mariner skills to ensure that the…

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Australian Navy Arrives in Port Moresby for APEC 2018

November 2, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Adelaide, and Armidale Class Patrol Boats, HMA Ships Larrakia and Glenelg, will start arriving in Port Moresby from this weekend to support Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) security agencies to deliver a safe and secure APEC. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said Australia was providing maritime security support as part of a broader package of security support for APEC. “The safety and security of the maritime environment surrounding Port Moresby will be critical during Leaders’ Week.…

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