PNG Defence Force and VMF discuss Military trainings
A three member delegation from Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) Head Quarters at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby discuss military training with the Commissioner of Police and Commander Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF).
According to a Press release by the Police Media, their discussion was a follow up on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2008 between the former Police Commissioner Patu Liu, and former PNGDF Commander Commodore, Peter Ilau in Port Vila.
Police Media officer, Jane Borenga stated that the primary focus of the preliminary discussions between the PNGDF and the VMF officials is “to map ways forward to enter into a formal Memorandum of Agreement and subsequent training of members of the VMF by the PNGDF”.
During the meeting, Commissioner Joshua Bong reiterated that Vanuatu has a long history with PNG which goes back as far as the early 1980s, when two contingents of over 150 soldiers were deployed to PNGDF recruit Training Depot at Goldie River Barracks in PNG.
Bong added that as a result, subsequent deployments of officers were deployed to PNGDF Officer Cadet Training in Lae. He also made it clear that most of the existing senior commanders in the Vanuatu Force today are products of Military Trainings given to them by the PNGDF.
“Once all formalities are completed between the government of Vanuatu and the Government of PNG, both Forces will exchange personnel for the training which will benefit the interest of the two Melanesian countries,” the commissioner said
Commissioner Bong conveyed his appreciation the PNGDF delegation for their support to enhancing Vanuatu’s National Security.
Similar level discussions were held earlier on during the week with delegation from the Royal Fiji Military Forces to facilitate and exchange trainings between the two countries.