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RFMF Commander Returns from Hot Spot Nation

RFMF Commander Returns from Hot Spot Nation
September 26
11:00 2017

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto is now in the country after attending a meeting in one of the world’s hot spots, South Korea.

RFMF chief of staff Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai said the Commander was in Seoul, South Korea attending the biennial Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC) which opened on September 18.

According to a press release from Seoul, Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC) had brought together army chief of staff and senior commanders from 29 nations.

This meeting was co-hosted by South Korea’s Army Chief of Staff General Kim Yong-Woo and his American counterpart Mark A. Milley.

The PACC was launched in 1999 to promote ties among leading army officers in the region on major security issues.

Fiji’s office in Seoul also confirmed of the Commander’s presence in Seoul, last week.

While the Commander was in Seoul, CNN reported that the United States (US) had been conducting a joint exercise and mock battle with their South Korean allies in Pocheon, about 70km from Seoul.

Part of a planned series of joint drills, the four-day Warrior Strike VIII exercise was not in response to the latest missile launches which had rocked the Korean Peninsula.

The report said it was, however, to send a message to Kim Jong-un as a form of deterrence against the North Korean regime.

Before the meeting in Seoul, Rear Admiral Naupoto was in Montreal, Canada attending the Indo-Asia Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference.

A release from that meeting said the conference provided a forum for military chiefs to interact with their defence counterparts and also understand their points of view on issues of mutual interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

Edited by Mohammed Ali



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