Lombrum Chapel gets a facelift

Published on LEUT Sarah Mills (author)

Location(s): Lombrum, Manus Island, PNG

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

Crew of HMAS Choules with Lombrum locals during a Defence Cooperation Program activity to paint the HMPNGS Tarangau Chapel on Manus Island. (photo: Unknown)
Crew of HMAS Choules with Lombrum locals during a Defence Cooperation Program activity to paint the HMPNGS Tarangau Chapel on Manus Island.

HMAS Choules’ crew recently assisted the Lombrum Community by repainting the Chapel at HMPNGS Tarangau.

While HMAS Choules is anchored at Manus Island for Operation LANDSCAPE, the crew has taken the opportunity to participate in some Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) initiatives at the nearby HMPNGS Tarangau.

The Tarangau Chapel needed a facelift and Navy and Army personnel from HMAS Choules jumped at the chance to assist, lead by the ship’s Chaplain, Sarah Gibson.

Volunteer painter, Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Sailor Amy De Boer said it was a good opportunity to do something positive for the community.

“Knowing that religion plays an important role in Papua New Guinean lives, it was a great feeling to know that the effort would be appreciated.

“We loved getting to know and interact with the children and their families as we all worked together to make the tired chapel look new again.”

CHAP Gibson joined HMAS Choules in September and has been participating regularly in the Sunday service offered at HMPNGS Tarangau and put together the team to give the community a hand.

“Being able to assist in this way allowed those who volunteered a chance to feel like they were making a difference.”

The Chapel was built in 1962 by RAN members and still contains items of Australian Naval heritage.

It is regularly used by locals and others for worship on weekends. Members of the ship’s company have also been attending these services while at Manus Island.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131636.