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Able Seaman Happy At Sea

Able Seaman Happy At Sea
Able seaman Jone Vakacokaivalu. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu
September 24
12:37 2015

Able seaman Jone Vakacokaivalu, 31, of Naisaumua Village in Verata, Tailevu is happy at sea even though it means leaving his loved ones behind.

Mr Vakacokaivalu is married with two children, the eldest and only son in a family of six siblings and received his education at Ratu Sukuna Memorial School in Nabua.

“I grew up with a love of rugby and like all school boys my aim was to don the school jersey and play for my school which I did and surprisingly my love for rugby took me abroad representing Fiji as member of the first Hot Bread School Boys Under-18 Rugby team to tour New Zealand in 2002,” he said.

“At first I thought I was going to become a professional rugby player but then cadetship was another interest that got me on my last few months in high school and also because my passion was to sail the seas and joining the Navy was the next best thing,” he said.

Able seaman Vakacokaivalu has served in the Navy for six years onboard the RFNS KIKAU.

“Our job also includes saving people from drowning, checking fishing licences from international and local fishing vessels and also for those ships that lose course and drift,” he said.

“Our main challenge however is leaving our family behind and going out to sea but since our job is our duty which we are called upon to perform and that is exactly what most of us do and that is to fulfil our duty to the best of our ability,” he said.


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