SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country | Edited
ONGOING reform in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) is aimed at rebuilding it with a greater focus on regional security.
Among the objectives are the expansion of the recently-opened Joint Services College into a regional security training centre to cater for the training needs of other countries within the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries as well as the relocation of the Lae-based engineering battalion.
“Under MSG arrangements we have an obligation to support our neighbours,” said PNGDF Commander, Major General Gilbert Toropo.
In the case of the Solomon Islands crisis, there was a heavy dependence on Australia as the main regional partner. Australia funded the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) which included members of the PNGDF.