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Guns For Fiji

Guns For Fiji
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October 01
11:36 2014

Six new $10.2 million ceremonial guns were received yesterday by the Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.

The guns, donated by the South Korean government, were handed over at RFMF Engineers headquarters at Nabuni Camp, Nabua.

According to the Commander, each gun weighs 1.7 tonnes and costs $1.7 million.

“We’re thankful to South Korea and I must confirm that there are no strings attached to the grant,” he said.

He said RFMF was fortunate that South Korea could help them at a very critical period in its history.

The Commander said they had been using the 25-pounders since the early decades of last century.

“The old 25-pounders were brought into Fiji in the early 20s and have continued to be the RFMF ceremonial guns.”

The RFMF had asked for South Korean aid to help them maintain their tradition in firing ceremonial guns.

“We have got this 105mm guns and we’re very proud to be the reciepient of this great grant from the Government of South Korea.”

The guns he said when fired could send shells as far as 12 miles.

He said they were the biggest guns acquired by the RFMF to date .

South Korea also trained RFMF officers to use the six new guns during the Fiji Day celebration.

“It is a very impressive piece of weaponry and a very impressive celebration for RFMF. It is very criticial to our tradition and cultures.”

Similar guns saw service in the Second World War. They were originally American designed guns.

South Korea has designed its own version based on the American model. The guns, he said, were also used during the Korean war.

They could be easily transported anywhere. The guns were still being used in South Korea.

The Commander said at the moment they would be used for ceremonial purposes but could also fire explosives if required.

“These six will last us for quite a few years,” he said.

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