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CAPT Jay Ellul
MEMBERS of the maritime opera-
tions element of Papua New Guinea
Defence Force (PNGDF) were wel-
comed aboard HMAS Tarakan for
mariner skills evaluation during the
election support mission in Papua
New Guinea at the end of Ju ne.
The nine PNGDF sailors who took
part in the training watched how to
conduct the different training tasks,
then put the lessons into practice by
completing each task.
The sailors were from the
HMPNGS Salamaua, which has
recently returned to service after an
The training involved watchbill
proving, man overboard, ship handling,
anchoring, weigh anchor, damage con-
trol, emergency casualty control drills,
pilotage and berthing exercises.
CO Tarakan LEUT Robert Lewis
said the opportunity to provide train-
ing to the PNGDF was rewarding and
confir med the ADF's commitment to
helping its closest neighbour.
"The training we are providing
the PNG sailors is going to help them
provide the same level of training
and evaluation to other sailors in the
PNGDF," LEUT Lewis said.
He said the Balikpapan-class
Tarakan was the ideal ship for
the sailors to be trained on, as the
Salamaua was from the same class.
"The PNG sailors were able to go
back to the Salamaua and assess their
ship's company against these criti-
cal skills to ensure their safety and
competence in maritime operations,"
MIDN Nathan Thavara, of
PNGDF maritime operations element,
was grateful for the opportunity to
conduct the evaluation for himself and
"This gets me one step ahead in
my training, and the men were eager
to learn and happy to get the experi-
ence," he said.
"We were exposed to lots of the
tasks we learned in my officer course
and we were able to apply them in the
Commander of the joint ADF/
NZDF election support task force,
COL Andrew MacNab, said the sup-
port provided to the PNGDF sailors
proved Australia's commitment to
helping our friends in the region.
"The ability of this team to meld
with the rest of the task group in sup-
port of the operation has been impres-
sive," he said.
"They are keen, they are eager,
and as always they are very profes-
PNG sailors develop skills
SKILLS SHARING: Papua New Guinea Defence Force sailors
participate in bridge training on board HMAS Tarakan. Inset, AB
Joshua Bennett chats with LSET Harhmornail, of PNGDF, while
out at sea on Tarakan on a training day.
''- COL Andrew MacNab
They are keen, they
are eager, and as
always they are very
Photos: POIS Phil Cullinan
August 2, 2012
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