RFMF Com­man­der Out And About

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There has been a lot of talk in re­cent days about the Com­man­der of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces not be­ing seen be­cause he’s sup­pos­edly lost his job. Even some in diplo­matic cir­cles are look­ing for an­swers.

Here’s the facts: Rear Ad­mi­ral Vil­iame Naupoto is out, out of the coun­try that is. He is away in Manila at­tend­ing the Chief of De­fence meet­ing hosted by the US Army Pa­cific Com­mand. Need proof ? Rear Ad­mi­ral Naupoto was very much in the Manila pic­ture (see above) in a post on Twit­ter by New Zealand De­fence Chief Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Tim Keat­ing. Rear Ad­mi­ral Naupoto is hav­ing break­fast with his Pa­cific coun­ter­parts. What’s the lat­est on our stranded navy boat? At least 18 Navy per­son­nel are cur­rently based at Nuku­lau Is­land. They are guard­ing the RFNS Kiro which ran aground 55 days ago on Cakauyawa Reef. A le­gal doc­u­ment is be­ing drafted to use the ser­vices of the Walu Bay­based In­dus­trial and Marine En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited (IMEL) to sal­vage FNS Kiro.

She would, wouldn’t she?

Tele­vi­sion New Zealand’s Pa­cific Cor­re­spon­dent, Bar­bara Dreaver, is at it again. This time us­ing Samoan Prime Min­is­ter Tuilaepa Malilel­e­gaoi Sailele’s jokes about our Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama. This be­cause the PM is not at­tend­ing the Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum meet­ing now un­der­way up in Pohn­pei, Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia as part of his stance against Aus­tralian and New Zealand’s role. Tuilaepa was also same time de­scribed by Ms Dreaver as a “force to be reck­oned with,” and re­plac­ing Mr Bain­i­marama as a re­gional leader. What Ms Dreaver failed to tell her au­di­ence is that she is banned from Fiji be­cause of what was seen as bi­ased and dam­ag­ing re­port­ing.

She is more than a lit­tle bit­ter and vo­cal about it.

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