Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force

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]

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

since 31 January 2014
Ministry of Defence
Member ofPapua New Guinea Defence Force
Reports toThe Honourable Fabian Pok, Minister of Defence
AppointerGovernor-General of Papua New Guinea
First holderTed Diro

List of CommandersEdit

No. Commander Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1Diro, TedBrigadier general
Ted Diro
(born 1943)
197519815–6 years[3][4][5]
2Mamae, GagoBrigadier general
Gago Mamae
198119831–2 years[6]
3Noga, KenBrigadier general
Ken Noga
198319851–2 years[6]
4Huai, TonyBrigadier general
Tony Huai
198519871–2 years[7]
5Lokinap, RochusBrigadier general
Rochus Lokinap
1987November 19924–5 years[8]
6Dademo, RobertBrigadier general
Robert Dademo
November 1992??[8]
(4)Huai, TonyBrigadier general
Tony Huai
7Singirok, JerryBrigadier general
Jerry Singirok
(born 1956)
199517 March 19971–2 years[9]
-Aikung, AlfredColonel
Alfred Aikung
17 March 199719970 years[9]
8Nuia, LeoBrigadier general
Leo Nuia
199719980–1 years[10]
(7)Singirok, JerryBrigadier general
Jerry Singirok
(born 1956)
199819990–1 years[11]
9Malpo, CarlBrigadier general
Carl Malpo
10Ilau, PeterCommodore
Peter Ilau
(born 1959)
-Agwi, FrancisBrigadier general
Francis Agwi
(born 1963)
201020100 years[11]
11Agwi, FrancisBrigadier general
Francis Agwi
(born 1963)
2010December 20132–3 years[13][14]
12Toropo, GilbertMajor General
Gilbert Toropo
31 January 2014Incumbent7 years[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Office of The Commander PNGDF". PNG Defence. Papua New Guinea Defence Force. 2016. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Australian Chief of Army visits Papua New Guinea". Media release. Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ Ryan, Peter (ed) (1972). Encyclopedia of Papua and New Guinea. Melbourne University Press. p. 246.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  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. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b Admin (8 January 2014). "FORMER PNG DEFENCE FORCE COMMANDER NOGA PASSES ON". OnePNG. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b Marshall, Steve (27 January 2007). "Inquiry unveils corruption in PNG Defence Department". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b May, R.J.; Selochan, Viberto (2004). "The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Papuan general leads mutiny". The Irish Times. 18 March 1997. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  10. ^ Admin (31 July 1997). "PNG DEFENSE FORCE COMMANDER NUIA CRITICAL OF ARREST". Pacific Island Report. Pacific Islands Development Program. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Ilau must be held accountable over Moti affair, says former PNGDF head". Radio New Zealand. Radio New Zealand. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  12. ^ Dinnen, Richard (25 September 2000). "Investigations continue into Port Moresby siege". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Papua New Guinea mutiny leader Yaura Sasa arrested". BBC News. 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  14. ^ "AGWI, the commander of men". Sunday Chronicle (Papua New Guinea). 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-29.