PAPUA NEW GUINEA HOSTING MARINE DEFENSE EXERCISE WITH AUSTRALIA, FSM,

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MARSHALLS AND PALAU

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 20, 2001 – Post-Courier)---The Defense Force exercise Paradise 2001 officially starts today.

Countries taking part in the training project are Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshal Islands, the Republic of Palau and the Federated State of Micronesia.

Federated States of Micronesia and Palau navy ships are already in the country to participate in the exercise, which will involve sea surveillance exercises and other training. The two ships, FSM Micronesia and Palau surveillance service [vessel] Remelik, arrived over the weekend to join the PNGDF's HMPNGS Seeadler, Dreger and Basilisk.

Organizers at the exercise control headquarters said the official program will start at 0800 [local time] today with opening addresses by the PNG and Australian Defense Force commanders.

Officials said lectures will follow immediately after the opening address. Subjects to be considered include fisheries, surveillance and defense.

It will be for a week before the ships head to Alotau for the second phase of the exercise.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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