Francis Agwi

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Brigadier General Francis Agwi in June 2011
Brigadier General Francis Wanji Agwi, CSM, CBE, DSM (born ?) is a Papua New Guinean Army officer who served as the 9th Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.[1][2]

On 26 January 2012, Brigadier General Agwi was briefly captured and held prisoner during the failed 2012 Defence Force mutiny at the Taurama army barracks.[1] However, Agwi was soon freed and the leader of the mutiny, retired Colonel Yaura Sasa, was arrested two days later.[1] Sasa and approximately 20 soldiers had staged the uprising to demand the reinstatement of former Prime Minister Michael Somare.[1]

Agwi's term as commander of the PNGDF ended in December 2013, and he was replaced by Colonel Gilbert Toropo.[3] In January 2014 Agwi was appointed PNG's High Commissioner to New Zealand.[4]

On October 22, 2021, the PNG took delivery in Henderson, Australia, of its third Guardian class patrol vessel, named after Agwi.[5][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Papua New Guinea mutiny leader Yaura Sasa arrested". BBC News. 2012-01-29. 
  2. "AGWI, the commander of men". Sunday Chronicle (Papua New Guinea). 2010-01-15. 
  3. "PNG appoints Toropo as new Defence Force Commander". Radio New Zealand. 9 January 2014. 
  4. "Toropo heads defence force". The National. 9 January 2014. 
  5. "PNG Defence Force takes delivery of patrol boat Francis Agwi". Baird Maritime. 2021-10-25. Archived from the original on 2021-10-25. Retrieved 2021-10-25. "The future HMPNGS Francis Agwi was then formally handed over to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, which will operate the vessel on missions including border patrols, regional policing, and search and rescue." 
  6. Gabriel Dominguez (2021-10-25). "Papua New Guinea receives third of four Guardian-class patrol boats". Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 2021-10-25. Retrieved 2021-10-25. "The vessel, which has been named Francis Agwi (pennant number 403), was received by the PNGDF in a ceremony held on 22 October at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia."