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Lorengau
 Manus,
Papua New Guinea
Location of Lorengau in Papua New Guinea
Population:
(as of 2000)
5,829 (23rd)
LLG:
Lorengau Urban
Main languages: English, Tok Pisin, Lele
Language area: Lele
Elevation: 40 m (131 ft)
Coordinates: 2°01′15″S 147°16′00″E / 2.0208°S 147.266667°E / -2.0208; 147.266667Coordinates: 2°01′15″S 147°16′00″E / 2.0208°S 147.266667°E / -2.0208; 147.266667
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Rainfall
 ? ? 3,799 mm
149.6 in
Lorengau beach.jpg
Lorengau beach on Seeadler harbour

Lorengau is the capital of the Manus Province of Papua New Guinea. The town is located on the edge of Seeadler Harbor on Manus Island, in the Admiralty Islands, and in 2000 was recorded to have a population of 5,829.

History

During World War II the Japanese captured Lorengau in April 1942 without struggle and established an administrative base and airstrip. In February 1944 the United States and Australian forces launched a six-week campaign to recaptured the facility, which was eventually achieved on May 18, 1944.

The Americans expanded the Japanese base and constructed a huge naval base at nearby Lombrum. An airstrip capable of handling heavy bombers was constructed at Momote and it was here that the invasion to capture the Philippines was staged.

After the war the base was scrapped and all equipment was bulldozed into pits or the harbour.

Lorengau from space







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