PASS­ING-OUT

PA­RADE FOR NAVY SAILORS

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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.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

Sailors at the pass­ing-out pa­rade at the Fi­jian Navy Viti Train­ing Base in To­galevu on May 17, 2018.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

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.

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