Fi­jian soldiers cop­ing well at Ex­er­cise South­ern Katipo

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Maika Bolatiki Edited by Naisa Koroi jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The 30 Fi­jian soldiers who are part of a multi-na­tional coali­tion in New Zealand’s big­gest mil­i­tary ex­er­cise are cop­ing well.

Cap­tain Eroni Duaibe, the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces chief staff of­fi­cer co­or­di­na­tor con­firmed this yes­ter­day.

The coali­tion of 2500 troops in­clude soldiers from Tonga, Pa­pua New Guinea and Fiji. ‘Ex­er­cise South­ern Katipo’ is the New Zealand De­fence Force’s big­gest mil­i­tary ex­er­cise and is held ev­ery two years. Mean­while, the New Zealand De­fence Force (NZDF) has said in a re­port that the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force’s 35 Squadron has de­ployed a C-27J Spar­tan to par­tic­i­pate in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ex­er­cise for the first time since the bat­tle­field air­lifter was brought into ser­vice.

The air­craft was de­ployed to New Zealand in early Novem­ber to pro­vide an air mo­bil­ity ca­pa­bil­ity for Ex­er­cise South­ern Katipo 2017. Ex­er­cise South­ern Katipo 2017 runs un­til mid-Novem­ber.

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