A French navy vessel visited the country to strengthen bilateral military relations between PNG and France.
The two countries are relaunching their bilateral military relationship, attributed to the historical ties and trust that have always existed between PNGDF and the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia.
To illustrate this new momentum and strengthen bilateral ties, the French Navy patrol boat La Glorieuse arrived last week for a one-week stopover in Port Moresby and to criss-cross the waters of PNG and its exclusive economic zone.
On the occasion of the stopover, the French Ambassador Guillaume Lemoine and Lieutenant-Commander Romain, the ship’s commander, organized an official dinner on board with the Deputy Chief of the PNGDF, Commodore Philip Polewara and others dignitaries.
Another official reception was held for VIP guests including Secretary of Defense John Akipe, Captain (Navy) Peter Tupma, Colonel Raphael Yapu, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Defense Attachés based in Port Moresby.
On the operational level, the stopover was an opportunity for exchanges between PNG and French navies, particularly at sea, since La Glorieuse hired two PNGDF officers for a four-day navigation.
At the same time, on March 9, the head of the French armies in New Caledonia, Brigadier General Valéry Putz, met the PNGDF commander, Major General Mark Goina, during a videoconference to reaffirm cooperation and bilateral relations. .
It is expected that further visits, stops and joint operations and exercises will be organized in the future.