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NZ Navy Strengthens Ties With Fiji In Other Operations

NZ Navy Strengthens Ties With Fiji In Other Operations
Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Taupo personnel assist Fiji Fijsheries personnel in boarding operations just near Vomo Island, Yasawa last week. Photos: Peni Komaisavai
July 04
10:00 2018


Royal New Zealand Navy aims to maintain its long friendly ties with Fiji.

HMNZS Taupo Commanding Officer Lieutenant Benjamin Flight made the statement while at the Yasawa waters during their operations in the Fiji waters.

“We could put it like that, this is a continuation of a long friendship forged back during the World War II and has continued on from there,” Lt. Flight said.

He maintained that Fiji would always have a friend in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government was also one of Fiji’s oldest allies and friend, standing by her during some of the nation’s darkest times, case in point during the 2016 Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston.

It was a natural disaster that not only ravaged but also devastated the nation back then.

New Zealand committed more than NZD$5.2million (FJD$7.38million) during the rehabilitation and recovery operations.

Two years down the line they are currently patrolling the Fiji waters, along with personnel from both the Fiji and New Zealand Fisheries departments and Fijian customs officers. According to Lt. Flight, they always enjoyed coming over to Fiji, because of her friendly and welcoming people, fine weather and the various holiday destinations available.

“At the moment it is winter in New Zealand so you can see how the crew is enjoying the hot sun and just loving the heat.”

As enjoyable as their current stay seemed Lt. Flight said that does not sway them from their objective and ensuring that all missions were accomplished, these include patrolling and safeguarding the Fiji waters.

“We are also here to assist the Fisheries and Fiji Revenue and Customs Services (FRCS) department personnel carry out their duties, boarding and inspecting vessels from small boats to big ships.”

He said their experiences they had in Fiji during their current operation tenure would most definitely be something they would love coming back to with their loved ones and families.

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