Rochus Lokinap

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Rochus Lokinap was a military officer in Papua New Guinea. He held the rank of Brigadier General and was the PNG Defence Commander, in March 1990 when Police Commissioner Paul Tobian tried to execute a coup against government of Rabbie Namaliu.[1] According to the Canberra Times Lokinap and Ted Diro, then Minister of State Security, rallied forces to thwart the coup.

Lokinap was senior officer from 1987 to 1992.[2] He was the first senior officer who was not from Papua, being from New Ireland.[3] He was made a Commander of the British Empire on June 11, 1988.[4]

The PNGDF Rochus Lokinap will be named in his honour. It will be the PNGDF's second Guardian class patrol vessel, joining sister ship PNGDF Ted Diro. She is expected to be commissioned in late 2020 or early 2021.


  1. Keith Scott (1990-03-16). "In PNG a coup on the rocks". Canberra Times: p. 1. Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2020-11-08. 
  2. "The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific". 2004. Retrieved 2020-11-08. 
  3. "Military-Civil Relations in the Independent State". Australian National University. Archived from the original on 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-11-08. "He was replaced by Colonel Rochus Lokinap. Lokinap was the first non-Papuan commander of the PNGDF, coincidentally coming from a village in Sir Julius Chan’s New Ireland electorate." 
  4. "SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11th JUNE 1988". London Gazette. 1988-06-11. Retrieved 2020-11-08.