Aus­tralian Navy ship here to strengthen ties with RFMF

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - CHRIS­TINE NIKOLA Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki Feed­back: chris­tine.nikola@fi­jisun.com.

HMAS Can­berra, Aus­tralia’s largest naval ship, is here to con­duct train­ing ex­er­cises and strengthen ties with the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Force (RFMF). Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Christo­pher Smith, said: “We are back in Fiji to build re­la­tion­ship with the RFMF at a very per­sonal level and we hope that re­la­tion­ship will be rekin­dled.” He said the visit was an op­por­tu­nity for the Aus­tralian De­fence Force (ADF) and the RFMF to strengthen their re­la­tion­ships made in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Win­ston. Mr Smith said this would en­hance Aus­tralia and Fiji’s strong de­fence co-op­er­a­tion part­ner­ship. “We’ve just come back from a month of op­er­a­tions in Hawaii to par­tic­i­pate in Rim of the Pa­cific Ex­er­cise, (RIMPAC), it is the world’s largest mar­itime ex­er­cise, he said.

“We are back in Fiji to build re­la­tion­ship with the RFMF at a very per­sonal level and we hope that re­la­tion­ship will be rekin­dled.”

This is Can­berra’s sec­ond visit to Fiji af­ter it was de­ployed in March to April af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston as part of Aus­tralia’s Op­er­a­tion FIJI AS­SIST 2016. Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Christo­pher Smith said the Aus­tralian De­fence Force (ADF) per­son­nel would con­duct train­ing ex­er­cises with the RFMF, a les­son learned sym­po­sium on Cy­clone Win­ston re­sponse. He said the visit was an op­por­tu­nity for the ADF and the RFMF to strengthen their re­la­tion­ships made in the af­ter­math on Cy­clone Win­ston. Mr Smith said this would en­hance Aus­tralia’s and Fiji’s strong de­fence co-op­er­a­tion part­ner­ship.

How the HMAS Can­berra helped in our Cy­clone Win­ston re­cov­ery.

Photo: Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Chris Smith with Aus­tralia’s High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Mar­garet Twomey.

Photo: Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion

The HMAS Can­berra yes­ter­day.

Photo: Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion

Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Brass Band per­form­ing at the ar­rival of the HMAS Can­berra at the Suva Wharf yes­ter­day.

Photo: Chris­tine Nikola

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Chris Smith with Lance Cor­po­ral Michaek Bass­ingth­waighte.

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