Navy Recruit Put On Hold
The increase in the manpower of the Fiji Navy has been put on hold.
Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander (LFC) Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said the current reforms in the military included the increase in the manpower of the Fiji Navy.
He said the RFMF was to increase the number by more than 100.
This he said had been put on hold because there was no space for the new recruits to do their practical training.
“They need to go out in naval ships for their practical work,” he said.
For their plan to work, he said, they needed another boat.
The current navy only has two naval ships, which Colonel QIliho says was not enough.
“We are currently working to get another new naval boat,” he said.
The reason they had wanted to increase the numbers in the navy was because of the work they were looking after.
He said they needed to look at Fiji’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and securing the border.
Fiji’s EEZ is almost 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean.
Colonel Qiliho said another division in the military – the RFMF Engineers – had increased their numbers because of the demand of their work around the country.