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PNG soldiers to take part in Australian exercise

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D E F E N C E press release

' TUESDAY. OCTOBER 2. 1975 Ho. 157/75


(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon. L.H. Barnard, MP)

A company of infantry soldiers from the Papua

New Guinea Defence Force will take part in an .

Army exercise in Australia next month.

Announcing this today the Deputy Prime

Minister and Minister for Defence, Mr. Barnard, said the

114 soldiers would practise joint service procedures and

military skills required for operations in the jungle.

"It will provide the PNGDF soldiers with an

opportunity to exercise in a setting and with resources

which cannot be provided in Papua New Guinea," Mr. Barnard

said. '

The two-phase exercise, nicknamed "Temple

Tower," will be held in the Townsville area from "October

16 to November 14.

The Papua New Guineans will join with the

2/4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, for phase one

from October 16 to 29·

In phase two from November 1 to 14 the 5th

Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, will combine with

a composite rifle company of 125 Regular and Territorial

Force soldiers from New Zealand.

Mr. Barnard also announced that 20 Indonesian

Army officers would visit Australia to observe the second

phase of Temple Tower.

The RAAF will fly the officers to Australia

and the Indonesians will give reciprocal briefings on

subjects of common interest as well as observing the


The Air Force will also provide helicopter and

transport support for ohe exercise as well as Mirage

fighters from No. 7? Squadron at Williamtown for a ground

a "back role.





Two of the Navy’s heavy landing craft, HMAS

Brunei and HMA.S Labuan will be used·

Mr. Barnard said the overall aim of Temple

Tower was to maintain and practise the skills requiredvof

an infantry battalion and to practise joint service


The exercise was in keeping with the Government’s

policy of the Australian Defence Forces combining with -

forces ; from neighbouring countries in a variety of locations

and settings.

Commander of the Townsville-based 3rd Task Force,

Brigadier J.J. Shelton, will be the exercise director.

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