AUSSIE MILITARY PLANS MONTH-LONG TRAINING IN PNG

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 3) - Australian Army helicopters will be conducting training activities in Papua New Guinea starting this week, with full authorization from the PNG Government.

The training is designed to help Australian Army helicopter pilots maintain their skills.

The training program named ‘exercise helicon luk’ was last carried out in PNG in 2005, again with approval from the PNG Government.

A spokesperson for the Australian High Commission said, "PNG residents might be concerned if they observe these military helicopter flights. We would like to stress that that this training is occurring with the full knowledge and approval of PNG authorities."

Four Australian Army Blackhawk helicopters and two Chinook helicopters will be based in Madang and conduct training flights over Madang and also in the Eastern Highlands province.

Residents in the two provinces can expect to see these helicopters flying during the day from tomorrow until November 5.

Also, residents in Central, Oro and Morobe provinces may see the Blackhawk helicopters tomorrow or on Friday as they make their way to Madang.

Residents in Western, Gulf and EHP may see the Chinook helicopters as they make their way to Madang on October 16.

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