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Kiwi Sailors Told to Feel at Home

Fijian Navy Commander Cap­tain (Navy) Humphrey Ta­wake in welcoming the HM­NZS Taupo sailors said they were in their second home. After a yaqona ceremony of wel­come, he said their arrival
02 Jun 2018 10:57
Kiwi Sailors Told to Feel at Home
Fiji Navy Commander Humprey Tawake receives a gift from the Captain of the ship Taufua Ben Flight on June 1,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Fijian Navy Commander Cap­tain (Navy) Humphrey Ta­wake in welcoming the HM­NZS Taupo sailors said they were in their second home.

After a yaqona ceremony of wel­come, he said their arrival to patrol Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was a blessing to the country and they would have the full sup­port of the Fijian Navy.

The relationship between Fiji and New Zealand he said had escalated to greater heights.

He said they should feel comfort­able during their deployment and should enjoy their stay in Fiji.

“Feel at home, enjoy your deploy­ment,” he said.

The Taupo’s Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Ben Flight said he was happy for the deployment be­cause this was the first assignment of the HMNZS Taupo to the Pacific.

He said they would leave for their first patrol on Monday.

Captain (Navy) Tawake said four Fijian sailors would be part of the first patrol.

The patrols by HMNZS Taupo, in support of the Fiji Navy, will in­volve the usual compliance moni­toring activities, which include two fishery officers from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries assisting with boarding and inspec­tion of vessels.

New Zealand earlier sent inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Hawea to Fiji to help patrol the country’s EEZ, which encompasses more than 1.1 million square kilometres.

Edited by Percy Kean

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