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Next up…Arms Training

Russian experts will arrive in the country soon to train our military on the use of new arms and equipment. Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF),
16 Jan 2016 12:07
Next up…Arms Training
news--military truck--reporter maika b--15-01-16 The mobile mechanical workshop trucks parked at the Fiji Military HQ in Nabua yesterday. These two are also from Russia which came in Russian ship yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Russian experts will arrive in the country soon to train our military on the use of new arms and equipment.

Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, confirmed this yesterday.

The Russian arms and equipment arrived on Thursday following a request for assistance by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Mr

Bainimarama wanted our international peacekeepers to be better equipped in increasingly volatile environments.

Rear Admiral Naupoto said the Russians would givetraining needed to use the Russian-made items. He also confirmed that the containers would be opened during the official handover next month and a date would be confirmed soon.

He said the 25 containers of military arms and equipment had been cleared by the authorities concerned at Queen Elizabeths Barracks (QEB), Nabua, Suva.

The authorities involved were the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA), Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), Fiji Procurement Office and the Fiji Police Force.

FRCA removed the container seals and checked the contents and were satisfied.

The containers were now RFMF’s property, closed with the RFMF seals.

Clearance he said was given to 22 x 20-footer containers of ammunitions. 2 x 20-footer containers of spare parts, 3 x 40-footer containers of small arms and two mobile mechanical workshops.

Also included in the containers are combat helmets for the peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, the Acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the police had been involved with the RFMF arms from the very beginning as they handed out the licence for the importation of arms.

“We were also involved in the preparation for receiving the arms and the transportation to the RFMF,” he said.

Commenting on the critics posting comments on social media, he said they did not know what was happening and were posting what they heard with no confirmation.

“They were all liars,” he said.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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