RFMF troops head for Sinai peace mission
170 men and women from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) left for Sinai yesterday.
The Fijian battalion replacements, led by Commander (Navy) Ledua Yaco, are being deployed to Sinai under the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission for 12 months.
The Fijian troops boarded an Australian Air Force aircraft from the Nadi International Airport. Meanwhile, 166 soldiers who have served their 12-months in Sinai are scheduled to return to the country on Saturday.
For the first time, a female regiment dental officer is part of the country’s Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) troops deployed to Sinai for 12 months. Captain Ana Buliasewa was among the 170 soldiers, which included seven women, of the 39th Battalion strength deployment to Sinai, that boarded the Australian Air Force aircraft yesterday.
She said being selected as the regiment dental officer was significant for her because the role was previously only given to men.
“I felt excited and I can’t wait to go and prove myself. I am looking forward to this peacekeeping duty. We departed three months ago, but were not allowed to continue due to the pandemic so we returned,” she said.
The Navala, Ba, native had spent 18 years with the Ministry of Health serving in the Northern Division. She is now based at the Sigatoka Hospital.
“This post was advertised by the Ministry of Health internally and it goes through a selection process.,” she said.
“We have to go through the Fiji Emergency Medical Technical Service. I was selected with two other officers within the Ministry of Health,” she said.
The mother of two said she was grateful for her husband who would be taking care of their children while she was away.
Meanwhile, this is the fourth tour of duty for Sergeant Simon Sharma, 44. The Savusavu native is looking forward to making his family and Fiji proud.
This Battalion is led by Commander Ledua Yaco.
More than 166 soldiers who have served their 12 months in Sinai are scheduled to return this Saturday.
Captain Ana Buliasewa (front) is flanked by Staff Sergeant Kalivati Uluibua, Peni Bula, Malakai Qase, and Tomasi Vatanitawake at the Nadi International Airport on June 23, 2020.
Crew members of the RFNS Savenca on their way to rescue Australian yacht Cloud Shadow.