30 Fijians Take Part In Joint Venture
The multinational force consists of units from France, Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, USA, UK, Tonga and Vanuatu
Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are in New Caledonia as part of the Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) Multinational military exercise which starts today. The training is conducted by the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC).
This year, the multinational force consists of units from France, Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, USA, UK, Tonga and Vanuatu. Over 30 RFMF personnel are in New Caledonia plus the
A statement by the FANC said: “This joint and multinational exercise takes place within France’s strategic priorities outlined in the 2013 Defence and National Security White Paper. “It aims at training the FANC to plan and conduct a humanitarian aid and/or non-combatant evacuation operation in the COMSUP area of responsibility (South-West Pacific), together with allied means coordinated by the FANC (humanitarian aid).”
The programme includes:
November 7- 11: training and integration of the units constituting the force.
November 12-17: humanitarian operation (HADR), limited Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) and military operation (SASO).
November 15: “VIP Day” will be planned within the framework of the exercise in order to display the main phases to the foreign military and French civilian authorities.