TNI Helicopter Crash Claims All 13 On Board

It was at first thought that one of the men on board, First Lieutenant Wiradi, was missing, however today his body was found in the wreckage, bringing the total death toll to thirteen. The three year old Bell 412-EP helicopter was carrying 13 soldiers and flight crew when it went down about 30 minutes after takeoff in Kasiguncu village in Poso district, central Sulawesi, bursting into flames on impact. It had taken off from Watutau village in the same district...

UN Peacekeepers’ Day brings recognition for WA soldiers’ service

TWO former Australian Army veterans will be honoured for the first time publicly in WA, as they take part in a service to mark UN Peacekeepers’ Day. Laying a wreath to mark the occasion in King’s Park will be two men who served their country in UN peacekeeping missions which may not have been ‘war zones’ as we think of them, but who faced conflict, death, disease, and conditions of terror on a daily basis.

A Collaborative Future For Pacific Defence

Involving participants from PNG, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, France, Chile, the United States and New Zealand, the Summit is an initiative of the 2015 South Pacific Defence Ministers' Meeting, also held in Port Moresby. Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, Commander PNGDF, said about the Summit: "The objective …is to bring together the regions' future generation of leaders to discuss how different government agencies can work cooperatively to resolve mutual defence and security issues.