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The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division’s vessel RFNS Savenaca concluded its first operational surveillance deployment last week.
Operations officer Commander Timoci
Natuva said it was the vessel’s first surveillance deployment after its maiden voyage to Waya, Yasawa, for its traditional cerevi on June 6. Commander Natuva said the vessel was deployed to the Macuata and Ba waters to inspect the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
“They had inspected 25 inshore fishing boats that were along these zones. The deployment and inspection was led by Commanding officer for RFNS
Savenaca, Lieutenant Commander Isoa Tokalauvere, with his crew of 25 sailors.”
He said the protection of maritime resources would be the key role of the
Commander Natuva also confirmed that the vessel had escorted the Australian yacht, Cloud Shadow, into Denarau with its operators last weekend.
The yacht incurred minor defects to its main sail and navigation equipment after encountering heavy weather at sea.
Government approved the yacht’s stopover for repairs before returning to Australia this week.
“Given the health restrictions in place, the vessel will adhere to all COVID-19 measures while in Fiji waters,” he said.