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US Marines, Sailors train with Papua New Guinea Defense Force in preparation for APEC 2018 April / 15 / 2017
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard USS Comstock arrived in Port Moresby, April 15, 2017, for a Theater Security Cooperation engagement with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force.
 
During the visit, Marines, and Sailors with the Makin Island, Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will train alongside the PNGDF to improve their ability to provide security for national-level events, such as the national elections this year and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation annual summit in 2018.
 
“We are honored to be here as a demonstration of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' commitment to strengthen ties with Papua New Guinea's forces and build on the great work accomplished during Exercise Koa Moana 2016," said Cmdr. Bradley Coletti, commanding officer of Comstock. “Our Sailors and Marines are looking forward to spending time with their counterparts and developing a better understanding of the deep historic ties we have here.”
 
The bilateral training will cover a variety of skill sets but will focus on military support to civil authority tactics and procedures, which include entry control and vehicle checkpoints, escalation of force tactics, personnel searches, urban patrolling, and VIP escorts.

“Our Marines and Sailors bring a wide variety of unique capabilities that go beyond the scope of combat operations,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Reynolds, commanding officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th MEU, and commander of Marine Corps troops embarked aboard Comstock. “Training alongside our Papua New Guinea counterparts is an opportunity to exchange knowledge on security, law enforcement, and logistical procedures, which are valuable capabilities for all militaries.”
 
Additionally, the TSC engagement will cover combat lifesaving techniques, field communications, and weapons maintenance. Comstock’s crew will host PNGDF service members for shipboard tours and familiarization of Navy damage control procedures. Similarly, PNGDF leaders will host their U.S. service member counterparts on a WWII memorial tour.
 
Approximately 100 Marines and Sailors from the Makin Island ARG/11th MEU and 200 service members with the PNGDF are expected to participate in the TSC. The U.S. units involved are Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines; Combat Logistics Detachment 113, Combat Logistics Battalion 11; Law Enforcement Detachment, 11th MEU; and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock.
This is the sixth military-to-military TSC exchange for the Makin Island ARG/11th MEU during their deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Comstock serves as a seabase for a number of Marine Corps missions from combat operations to providing humanitarian assistance.
 

The Makin Island ARG/11th MEU, based out of Southern California, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready response force for any type of emerging crisis. The other ships in the ARG are the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset.

 
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For additional information on the 11th MEU contact Maj. Craig Thomas, 11th MEU Public Affairs Officer, at craig.thomas@makin-island.usmc.mil, or Lt. David Gardner, Commander, Amphibious Squadron Five Public Affairs Officer, at gardnedm@lhd8.navy.mil.
 
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Very Respectfully,
 
Craig W. Thomas
Major, US Marine Corps
Public Affairs Officer
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Embarked on the USS Makin Island
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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Major Craig W. Thomas, US Marine Corps Public Affairs Officer
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Embarked on the USS Makin Island


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