PARADE FOR NAVY SAILORS
FAMILY MEMBERS WATCH NEW RECRUITS WITH PRIDE
The sea survival test was the most challenging subject during a 12-week course for Esita Batiniqila who scooped a rare double during the Fijian Navy passing-out parade at its Togalevu base yesterday.
The 18-year-old won the Rear Admiral Bainimarama Trophy for being the `best over-all cadet’ and the Captain Natuva Trophy for the most outstanding trainee.
She said during this test they were given their life jacket and a life raft and were told to lie in the sea for quite a very long time. “It was very cold and at one time I just wanted to quit and I asked myself why I want to join the navy,” she said
Ms Batiniqila, who hails from Burenitu in Ra province, thanked the good Lord for giving her the strength to endure through the tough tests.
Her father, Viliame Rawairua, said he was not surprised that his daughter received two prizes. He said God had given her the talent and she worked hard to achieve it.
The rest of the activities they covered during the course she said was not too tough for her.
Now that she had joined the Fijian Navy after the passing-out parade she thanked her parents for their support.
“They really encouraged me during the 12 weeks of my training,” Ms Batiniqila said.
She said her father’s advice to her – “Grab whatever opportunity comes your way”.
When she saw the navy recruit advertisement in the Fiji Sun, she took that opportunity and applied. Her father, Viliame Rawairua, said he was not surprised that his daughter received two prizes. He said God had given her the talent and she worked hard to achieve it.
Mr Rawairua said he was happy that his daughter had passed and was now a member of the Fijian Navy.
Sailors at the passing-out parade at the Fijian Navy Viti Training Base in Togalevu on May 17, 2018.
Recipient of the Rear-Admiral Bainimarama Trophy and Captain Natuva Trophy, Esita Batiniqila with her parents, Rajeli and Viliame Rawairua at the Fijian Navy Viti Training Base in Togalevu on May 17, 2018.