USS Michael Murphy visits Papua New Guinea ahead of APEC summit
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Michael Murphy stopped over the weekend in Papua New Guinea, which is preparing to host a major economic summit of 21 Pacific Rim nations.
The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer’s Saturday arrival marked the first time a U.S. military vessel has visited the nation’s capital, Port Moresby, since the dock-landing ship USS Comstock’s port call in 2017, a Navy statement said.
On Sunday, the Navy and Papua New Guinea Self Defense Force met aboard the Michael Murphy and signed an agreement “to advance and finalize negotiations on three important bilateral agreements that will further deepen security cooperation and links” between the countries, the statement said.
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