HMAS Choules completes visit to PNG

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Location(s): Port Moresby, PNG, HMPNGS Tarangau, Manus Island, PNG

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100), Defence Cooperation Program

Australian Army LARC’s conduct amphibious operations transporting stores and equipment ashore from HMAS Choules to Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)
Australian Army LARC’s conduct amphibious operations transporting stores and equipment ashore from HMAS Choules to Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

HMAS Choules has departed Papua New Guinea, having successfully completed a visit to Port Moresby and the Lombrum Naval Base, Her Majesty’s Papua New Guinea Ship (HMPNGS) Tarangau in Manus Province.


HMAS Choules delivered equipment and tools, gifted as part of the Defence Cooperation Program, that will be used to support the capability development of Lombrum Naval Base.  

HMAS Choules also hosted 18 members of the PNG Defence Force for the four day transit between Port Moresby and Manus Province.

During their time on board, the group took part in a series of ship tours, shipboard demonstrations, an MRH-90 helicopter familiarisation and gained valuable life-at-sea experiences.

(l-r) Commander Sebastian Marru of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan at Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

(l-r) Commander Sebastian Marru of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan at Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.


Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, said the visit demonstrated Australia’s commitment to ongoing engagement with the PNG Defence Force.

“The partnership between PNG and Australia remains strong and this visit has reinforced the friendship between our nations,” Commander Houlihan said.

“By demonstrating interoperability with our neighbours through training, exercises and engagements, we strengthen the security and capability of our region.”

Australia’s security cooperation with PNG reflects the ongoing commitment to supporting our regional partners and promoting a secure and prosperous region.

HMAS Choules is currently deployed on a month-long activity for maritime and land training with regional partners in the Southwest Pacific.