TONGA/AUSTRALIA – 15 January, 2020
Today His Excellency Adrian Morrison the Australian High Commissioner and Brigadier General Lord Fielakepa attended Masefield Naval Base for the Handover of four vehicles to His Majesty’s Armed Forces from the Australian Defence Cooperation Program – Tonga.
Defence Advisor, Commander Jason McBain said the Australian Defence Force was providing the vehicles as part of ongoing support to His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Australia has five Defence Force personnel posted to and living in Tonga who partner with His Majesty’s Armed Forces in training, maintenance as well as operational and security planning.
Commander McBain noted that while the pandemic has disrupted the traditional way the two forces engage, the Australian Defence Force – through the Defence Cooperation Program – would continue working to support His Majesty’s Armed Forces in their contribution to the Tongan Government effort to combat COVID-19.