Jets Roar into City

BY GORETHY KENNETH ( Post Courier )

Port Moresby residents were entertained with the roar of two of the world’s most advanced jet fighters that flew in yesterday morning as part of the APEC 2018 preparations.

Government leaders and security forces were at the PNGDF Air Transport Wing early yesterday to welcome the two F/A-18 Super Hornets, which flew in from Townsville. Present apart from media were Minister for Transport Wesley Nukundj, APEC PNG Secretary General Sir Charles Lepani, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, PNG Defence Force hierarchy, police personnel and Australian Defence Force officers, among others.

Two special people flew these super jets, Flight Lieutenant Clarky who was born in PNG and Flight Lieutenant Party, who had a short pilot training stint near the jungles of PNG and values the experience.

The F/A-18 Super Hornets flew in at 9:30 am into Port Moresby from Townsville, performed their vertical manoeuvres from a low-level/high-speed flight regime and flew over the APEC Haus at Ela Beach at 1:30 pm before returning to Australia.

Mr Nukundj, in his address, said the arrival of these jets signified the superb cooperation between PNG and Australia.

He also said that PNG was prepared to host the APEC in terms of security preparations with assistance from Australia.

Sir Charles Lepani, on the other hand, said having been in Australia for 12 years as Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner: “I know the Australia PNG Defence Cooperation Treaty is one of the most excellent examples of our cooperation apart from other treaties that we have.

“The elegant flyover is an amazing expression of that friendship we both share.”

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, the chairman of the Joint Security Task Force on APEC, also welcomed the F/A-18 Super Hornets and thanked the Australian Government for their support and assistance.

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