Conclusion of immediate Defence emergency assistance to Papua New Guinea

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the return of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft and personnel from Papua New Guinea (PNG) following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a series of severe aftershocks which affected the country’s remote Highland areas.

In response to a request from the PNG Government, Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules, C-17A Globemaster, B300 King Air and three Australian Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter crews distributed emergency supplies to those affected by the disaster throughout PNG.