Press Release

Australian Defence Force aircraft fly over Port Moresby in support of JSTF

05/11/2018

Be sure to look up at the sky tomorrow! Two of the Australian Defence Forces iconic jets – the F/A-18F Super Hornet – will be flying over Port Moresby in a demonstration of security ahead of APEC. The JSTF welcomes the Australian Defence Force’s support which is an important component of overall security for APEC.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and fast jets will be seen flying over Port Moresby in November as part of Australia’s support to Joint Security Task Force (JSTF) security arrangements for APEC.

Commissioner of Police and Commander of the APEC Joint Security Task Force Gari Baki said locals and visitors can expect to see ADF helicopters and aircraft in the lead-up to, and during, APEC 2018.

“Residents will observe the Australian MRH-90 helicopter flying during the day and night starting with familiarisation training in early November.

“The rehearsals will help minimise the impact to the public should we request helicopter support in the event of an incident during APEC,” Commissioner Baki said.

The JSTF welcomes the Australian Defence Force’s support, which is an important component of overall security arrangements for APEC.

“The Australian helicopters will provide additional flexibility and agility to respond to a range of security situations.

“They will also support the Australian Defence Force with their own internal movement of personnel especially from their maritime ship, HMAS Adelaide, which will be located offshore during APEC.

“I would like to reassure the community that they should not be alarmed by the increased presence of these helicopters.

“They are here at our request and will make every effort to minimise any disruption to residents. The JSTF is well prepared to handle all security arrangements during APEC,” ” Commissioner Baki said

In addition to increased helicopter presence residents may see the Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet jet.

“Australian aircraft are also assisting with airspace security efforts which are standard measures during significant events such as APEC,” Commissioner Baki said.

The JSTF and PNGDF are working closely with the ADF to minimise any impact on communities and residents.

Commander of the ADF’s support to PNG, Major General Paul McLachlan, said the ADF is pleased to partner with the JSTF who are leading the security arrangements for APEC. “We have a long-standing relationship with PNG and are pleased to support a close regional friend over this period,” Major General McLachlan said.