RFMF cel­e­brates In­fantry Day

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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

RFNS Save­naca.

Res­cue op­er­a­tions

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.

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