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Royal Pacific Islands Regiment

Royal Pacific Islands Regiment
Cap badge of the Pacific Islands Regiment
Military unit
Unit nameThe Royal Pacific Islands Regiment
Founded1944 � 1946
1951 � Present
CountryAustralia (1951 � 1975)
Papua New Guinea (1975 � Present)
RoleLight Role
SizeTwo battalions
Part ofPapua New Guinea Defence Force
Garrison/HQ1st Battalion - Port Moresby
2nd Battalion - Wewak
MottoTo Find a Path
Colonel in ChiefHRH The Prince of Wales

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The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (RPIR) is an infantry regiment, and is the primary fighting regiment of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force. The regiment is descended from the Australian Army infantry battalions formed from native soldiers and Australian officers and non-commissioned officers in the territories of Papua and New Guinea during World War II to help fight against the Japanese. Disbanded after the war, the regiment was re-raised in 1951 as part of the Australian Army and continued to serve until Papua New Guinea gained its independence in 1975, when it became part of the PNGDF. Today, the RPIR consists of two battalions and has seen active service in Vanuatu, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.

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World War II :
Unit Strength
PIB 574
1 NGIB 538
2 NGIB 500
3 NGIB 481
PIR Depot Bn 144
PIR Trg Coy 34
Note: 392 recruits at Lae and Goroka.

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