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ADF Support to PNG Elections

The Defence Force (ADF) has delivered election material to support the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government’s 2017 national elections

Terry Turner

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has delivered election material to support the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government’s 2017 national elections.

Operation HANNAH is a support mission based on a direct request for assistance from the PNG Government. The ADF is supporting the Australian Whole-of-Government effort to support Papua New Guinea’s National Election process. Joint Task Group 658, comprises ADF elements that provide specialist support capabilities, particularly helicopters and logistic assets that are not readily available in PNG. Operation HANNAH is an element of a wider Australian assistance program to PNG, focused on supporting the PNG authorities to conduct a safe, free and fair national election.

Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules, C-27J Spartan and B-300 King Air transport aircraft and Australian Army MRH-90 helicopters delivered election material to provincial centres and other key locations in the lead up to the commencement of polling, which will take place from 24 June to 8 July 2017.

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Greg Bilton said the ADF support included aircraft not readily available in PNG.

“The mountainous terrain and the spread of islands in PNG means air transport is highly valued,” Major General Bilton said.

“Military aircraft offer capabilities needed to be effective across the diverse terrain encountered in PNG’s highlands and archipelago.”

“Since 10 June 2017 we’ve delivered over 100,000 pounds of election materials and we’ve supported the movement of more than 200 Papua New Guinean security personnel around PNG,” he said.

Commander of the Australian Contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Travis Gordon said the most gratifying thing about the mission has been the warm greetings received from PNG officials, troops and civilians alike.

“Papua New Guineans are very welcoming. They understand we are here to support their election and they genuinely appreciate Australia’s efforts,” he said.

About 200 ADF personnel deployed to Port Moresby for Operation Hannah, the ADF’s contribution to the Australian Government’s support for the 2017 PNG National Election.

Now that the ADF has completed its primary task, it has reduced its presence and elements of the ADF contingent will remain in PNG to provide movement support during polling, and to help transport personnel once polling has finished.

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Papua New Guinea Police Force members prepare to unload electoral papers off a C-27J Spartan during Operation Hannah in Papua New Guinea.

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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P-8A Poseidon aircraft fires Harpoon

Royal Australian Air Force load crew personnel from No. 11 Squadron position an ATM-84J Harpoon on to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2018.

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A Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon has fired its first Harpoon during Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

This is an important event for the P-8A Poseidon in reaching Final Operational Capability. Exercise Rim of the Pacific 18 (RIMPAC 18) is a biennial military training exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

Now in its 25th iteration, the Australian Defence Force deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Rankin, an amphibious landing force from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The multinational activity, held from 27 June to 2 August 2018 in Hawaii and off the coast of California, is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 25,000 personnel from 25 countries. Australian personnel will exercise across a broad spectrum of scenarios from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations, sea control and complex war fighting.

Participating personnel and assets will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.

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Above: Royal Australian Air Force load crew personnel from No. 11 Squadron position an ATM-84J Harpoon on to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2018.

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Australian F-35 Lightening Fighters clock up 1000th flight

Australia’s F-35 Lightning jet fighter fleet clocked up its 1000th flying sortie.

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Australian personnel currently based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, in the United States, marked a significant milestone this week as Australia’s F-35 Lightning fleet clocked up its 1000th flying sortie.

Our F-35A team is working together with the 56th Fighter Wing US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to develop Australia’s initial F-35A capability. Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance personnel are fully embedded and integrated in USAF squadrons as they prepare to lead Australia’s transition to a fifth-generation Air Force.

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EA-18G Growler at Riverfire

A RAAF EA-18G Hornet, aka the Growler, at Riverfire, Brisbane, Queensland.

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a long association with Brisbane’s Sunsuper Riverfire.

The ADF was proud to take part in the 20th anniversary of Sunsuper Riverfire in 2017 with flying displays by the Air Force’s Roulettes, EA-18G Growlers, C-17A Globemaster and Army’s MRH90 helicopters.

The RAAF EA-18G Growler depicted here is conducting flying practice along the Brisbane River in preparation for Brisbane’s Sunsuper Riverfire, an annual family event run attracting enormous crowds along the Brisbane River.

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