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Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force
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Incumbent
Major General Gilbert Toropo

since 31 January 2014
Ministry of Defence
Status Active
Member of Papua New Guinea Defence Force
Reports to The Honourable Fabian Pok, Minister of Defence
Appointer Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
Formation 1975
First holder Ted Diro

The Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force is the highest-ranking military officer of in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, who is responsible for maintaining the operational command of the military.[1] The current commander is Brigadier general Gilbert Toropo.[2]

List of Commanders[]

Commander Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Ted Diro
Diro, TedBrigadier general Ted Diro
(born 1943)
197519815–6 years[3][4][5]
2
Gago Mamae
Mamae, GagoBrigadier general Gago Mamae198119831–2 years[6]
3
Ken Noga
Noga, KenBrigadier general Ken Noga
(?–2014)
198319851–2 years[6]
4
Tony Huai
Huai, TonyBrigadier general Tony Huai198519871–2 years[7]
5
Rochus Lokinap
Lokinap, RochusBrigadier general Rochus Lokinap1987November 19924–5 years[8]
6
Robert Dademo
Dademo, RobertBrigadier general Robert DademoNovember 1992??[8]
(4)
Tony Huai
Huai, TonyBrigadier general Tony Huai?1995?[7]
7
Jerry Singirok
Singirok, JerryBrigadier general Jerry Singirok
(born 1956)
199517 March 19971–2 years[9]
-
Alfred Aikung
Aikung, AlfredColonel Alfred Aikung (Acting)17 March 199719970 years[9]
8
Leo Nuia
Nuia, LeoBrigadier general Leo Nuia199719980–1 years[10]
(7)
Jerry Singirok
Singirok, JerryBrigadier general Jerry Singirok
(born 1956)
199819990–1 years[11]
9
Carl Malpo
Malpo, CarlBrigadier general Carl Malpo
(?–2009)
1999??[12]
10
Peter Ilau
Ilau, PeterCommodore Peter Ilau?2010?[11]
-
Francis Agwi
Agwi, FrancisBrigadier general Francis Agwi (Acting)
(born 1963)
201020100 years[11]
11
Francis Agwi
Agwi, FrancisBrigadier general Francis Agwi
(born 1963)
2010December 20132–3 years[13][14]
12
Gilbert Toropo
Toropo, GilbertMajor General Gilbert Toropo31 January 2014Incumbent7 years[2]

See also[]

References[]

  1. "Office of The Commander PNGDF". Papua New Guinea Defence Force. 2016. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161125044214/http://www.pngdefence.gov.pg/index.php/2016-05-08-15-15-00/office-of-the-commander-pngdf. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Australian Chief of Army visits Papua New Guinea". Media release. Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea. 31 January 2014. http://www.png.embassy.gov.au/pmsb/202.html. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. Ryan, Peter (ed) (1972). Encyclopedia of Papua and New Guinea. Melbourne University Press. pp. 246. 
  4. Dorney, Sean (2000). Papua New Guinea: people, politics and history since 1975. ABC Books. pp. 166, 169. ISBN 0733309453. 
  5. "Military-Civil Relations in the Independent State". Government and the Military in Papua New Guinea. Australian National University. http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p33231/mobile/ch10s04.html. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "FORMER PNG DEFENCE FORCE COMMANDER NOGA PASSES ON". 8 January 2014. https://www.onepng.com/2014/01/former-png-defence-force-commander-noga.html. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Marshall, Steve (27 January 2007). "Inquiry unveils corruption in PNG Defence Department". http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2007/s1834660.htm. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 May, R.J.; Selochan, Viberto (2004). "The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific". http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p33231/mobile/ch10s04.html. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Papuan general leads mutiny". 18 March 1997. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/papuan-general-leads-mutiny-1.53255. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  10. "PNG DEFENSE FORCE COMMANDER NUIA CRITICAL OF ARREST". Pacific Islands Development Program. 31 July 1997. http://www.pireport.org/articles/1997/07/31/png-defense-force-commander-nuia-critical-arrest. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Ilau must be held accountable over Moti affair, says former PNGDF head". Radio New Zealand. 21 November 2006. https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/166239/ilau-must-be-held-accountable-over-moti-affair,-says-former-pngdf-head. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  12. Dinnen, Richard (25 September 2000). "Investigations continue into Port Moresby siege". http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s187828.htm. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  13. "Papua New Guinea mutiny leader Yaura Sasa arrested". BBC News. 2012-01-29. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16781083. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  14. "AGWI, the commander of men". Sunday Chronicle (Papua New Guinea). 2010-01-15. http://sundayfeatures.blogspot.com/2010/01/agwi-commander-of-men.html. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 



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