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Military personnel here for regional exercise

MILITARY personnel from Chile, Tonga, France, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji are in Port Moresby this week for the Regional Exercise Longreach 2023, a bilateral exercise headed by Australia.

The countries are taking part in a table-top exercise that focuses on humanitarian aid and disaster relief, which aims to test the South Pacific Defence ministers meeting HADR standard operating procedures (SOP).

The exercise aims to share and develop ideas in participating countries for future disaster strikes and how they will help each other.

It is designed to refine the way militaries of the Pacific come together in response to a disaster so that a coordinated response can be rapidly deployed.

The SOPS are continuously developed and shaped overtime to ensure they are fit for purpose through annual, biannual and quarterly regional exercise, command post exercises and field training.

Australia army Major-General Scott Winter said when there is a disaster and in that time of need, our ability to act as a Pacific family to take the advice and the lead and the experience of all the different players in the region has made us stronger.

“It sends a really clear and reassuring message to all the communities that we represent of our willingness and our preparedness to act in a time of need long way, to really, important building work and I really applaud and thank everyone here for your personal engagement,” Maj-Gen Winter said.

PNG’s acting chief of defence force, Commodore (Captain)Philip Polewara said the exercise is about bringing everyone together to manage movements and tasks whenever disasters strike.

“The forests, rivers and land we owned today will no longer exist in 50 years time due to disaster and bringing likeminded countries with their support will go a long way to help soldiers attend to countries in time to need,” he said.