Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell officially opened Taurama Barracks while on a visit to Papua New Guinea earlier this month.
After 12 months under construction, funded by the Australian Government, the refurbished building will accommodate Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) members from the 1st Royal Pacific Island Regiment.
Also in attendance were Australian Army soldiers deployed on Exercise Olgeta Warrior as the Mentoring and Training Team – Alpha. They have been conducting training activities alongside the PNGDF to develop military skills, including leadership, operational planning, vehicle maintenance, logistics and health.
The Commander of the PNGDF, Major General Mark Goina, said the barracks would bring further benefits and comfort to service men and woman within the PNGDF.
“This occasion signifies why the importance of the partnership between the Australian and PNG Defence Forces should and will remain strong,” Major General Goina said.
General Campbell recognised the building as a symbol of the deep relationship between PNG and Australia.
“This building represents the current and future partnership between our two nations,” General Campbell said.
“Australia is proud to support PNG to deliver infrastructure projects that improve the living and working conditions of the hardworking men, women and families of the PNG Defence Force.
“Australia and PNG share a close defence partnership, one that holds a deep, enduring and significant part of the story of our two nations.”