RFMF NAVY HY­DRO­GRAPHIC SEARCH TEAM BE­GIN WORK AT CRASH SITE

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Jonathan Bryce

The navy hy­dro­graphic team led by Lieu­tenant Javis Robin­son have be­gun their work at the he­li­copter crash site in Natewa Bay. This was con­firmed by the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) Navy Com­man­der Cap­tain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake yesterday. He said the team was us­ing the Multibeam Echo Sounders (MBES). MBES, he said, was the lat­est sonar sys­tem. Like other sonar sys­tems it trans­mits sound en­ergy and analy­ses the re­turn sig­nal (echo) that has bounced off the seafloor or other ob­jects. Cap­tain (Navy) Tawake said the ma­chine would pick up any­thing which was not part of the ocean. RFMF Navy team leader Lieu­tenant Robin­son is the first Fi­jian to grad­u­ate with a First Class Pass and Post Grad­u­ate Diploma from Ply­mouth Univer­sity. Cap­tain (Navy) Tawake said Lieu­tenant Robin­son had at­tended a sim­i­lar course in In­dia.

Mar­itime Surveil­lance and Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre Direc­tor Lieu­tenant Sairusi Co­lati said the team had started work as the weather was favourable. He said as of yesterday the team had not spot­ted any­thing.

Lieu­tenant Co­lati said the same ma­chine was also used to map out the oceans. He said they were work­ing with the Po­lice.

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