Success in PNG election
dissemination of voting materials and personnel,” Vice- Admiral Johnston said.
“During the course of Hannah we delivered nearly 200,000 pounds of election materials and assisted with the movement of approximately 800 election and security personnel around the country.”
Vice- Admiral Johnston said the co- operative effort between the two countries had other benefits beyond providing support to the elections.
“The deployment was valu- able in deepening our strong relationship with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force,” he said.
“The opportunity was taken to provide air mobility familiar- isation training to Papuan soldiers, allowing them to become familiar with our methods and capabilities.
“Also, members of their Air Wing were able to work with our aircraft and crews, broadening their understanding of the ADF’s new generation of aircraft and learning how we can best operate together.
“Finally, Hannah practised our ability to move assets and integrate with our regional partners to assist if events such as natural disasters occur.”